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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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Living with Disease and Death at Makanalua

Living with Disease and Death at Makanalua

(p.109) Chapter 4 Living with Disease and Death at Makanalua
Ma'i Lepera

Kerri A. Inglis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter deals directly with life in the leprosy settlement—with the daily onslaught of disease and death—in a supposedly isolated environment. The physical environment was difficult for those who were suffering from leprosy, and the challenges of that environment as well as death were constant throughout the early decades of the leprosy settlement, informing every aspect of daily life for the patients. Presented largely from the perspective of the Board of Health, the chapter looks at the problems associated with the isolation policy, but it also considers the demonstrated agency of Native Hawaiians in this history. Kānaka Maoli sought ways of treating/curing the disease, gave kōkua (help, service) to fellow sufferers, and found ways to survive in their isolated condition.

Keywords:   leprosy settlement, Manakalua, isolated environment, Board of Health, isolation policy, Native Hawaiian agency

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