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Ma'i Lepera: Disease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii

Kerri A. Inglis


This book attempts to recover Hawaiian voices at a significant moment in Hawaiʻi's history. It takes an unprecedented look at the Hansen's disease outbreak (1865–1900) almost exclusively from the perspective of “patients,” ninety percent of whom were Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). The book tells the story of a disease, a society's reaction to it, and the consequences of the experience for Hawaiʻi and its people. Over a span of thirty-four years more than five thousand people were sent to a leprosy settlement on the remote peninsula in north Molokaʻi traditionally known as Makanalua. Their sto ... More

Keywords: Hansen's disease, Kanaka Maoli, Native Hawaiian, Hawaiʻi, leprosy, Makanalua, colonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834845
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerri A. Inglis, author
University of Hawai'i at Hilo