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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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The Journey into Exile

The Journey into Exile

(p.141) Chapter 5 The Journey into Exile
Ma'i Lepera

Kerri A. Inglis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter follows and offers a direct examination of the letters and articles that patients wrote to the many nūpepa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian-language newspapers) in the middle to late 1800s. From their writings the chapter reveals the most personal of moments—simple but profound experiences of living with the disease, being separated from loved ones, living in banishment, surviving, and forming a new community—a home in exile. Because they had leprosy, they were part of a community that was unlike any other in Hawaiʻi. They were unique because of what brought them together, but perhaps they were more like most other communities than had been previously understood.

Keywords:   letters, articles, Hawaiian-language newspapers, leper writings, leper communities, Hawaiian communities, nūpepa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi

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