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Ma'i LeperaDisease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii$
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Kerri A. Inglis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834845

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834845.001.0001

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A Land and a Disease Set Apart

A Land and a Disease Set Apart

(p.17) Chapter 1 A Land and a Disease Set Apart
Ma'i Lepera

Kerri A. Inglis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter sets the historical context for this work in terms of the environment and landscape of the Hawaiian Islands in general and the island of Molokai and the Makanalua (Kalaupapa peninsula) in particular. Here the theme of Makanalua and maʻi lepera standing alone, or being socially, culturally, and historically set apart, is established. It also includes a general look at the disease of leprosy, placing it in the larger context of foreign diseases introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in the nineteenth century. A biomedical explanation of Hansen's disease, along with its cultural history, is offered. A general history of leprosy in Hawaiʻi is also outlined.

Keywords:   maʻi lepera, Makanalua, Molokai, foreign diseases, leprosy, Hawaiʻi

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