Congratulations to Iwakiloumoku! 2012.

That was a beautiful opening! Hoomaikai wale!! Plus i got to see the Nawahi painting with my own eyes!!!

Joseph Nawahi Painting of Hilo Harbor, 1888.

Joseph Nawahi Painting of Hilo Harbor, 1888.

Nelson P. Watson’s son dies at Kalaupapa, 1924.


Mr. Solomon Hanohano, Editor of the Newspaper Kuokoa, Aloha oe:—Please be so kind as to insert in some vacant space of your paper, so that the family, intimates, and friends may know that my dearly beloved child, Manley Dedrick Waston has left this life.
He was ill for just a few days, when on the 28th of Friday in the month of this past May at dawn, he grew weary of this life in Kalaupapa, Molokai.
He was born in Kahana, Koolauloa, Oahu on the 27th of December 1906, therefore, he made 17 years, 4 months, and 5 days.
Within one year or so of life after he was born…


…his mother left him and his two sisters, Lillian and Emma Waston.
From the loins of mine and my wife, there were 4 children: 2 were taken away, and 2 girls are left living. So he was burdened by me without a wife for almost 14 years.
He was separated from me because of the “disease which separates families” [mai hookaawale ohana]. Alas for my grief for my dearly beloved child! My burden that I bear alone; who’d be without aloha; he is with me wherever I go.
Aloha to that blossom who began to bloom but faded soon after!
O Kalaupapa, you all will never see the youthful face of my son again, passing before your faces; I sit with grief and sadness, but I find solace in the Lord Jesus, for he is sleeping in the Lord Jesus, for I know that one day I will be with him again in this body, in that life, and we will kiss, with all of my children, and their mother, after that great terrifying day of Jehovah.
I am grateful for all those who attended his funeral and for all their assistance.
Nelson P. Watson,
Colburn Street, Honolulu.

(Kuokoa, 6/5/1924, p. 6)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 23, Aoao 6. Iune 5, 1924.

Commentary on the state of leprosy, 1879.

Those with Leprosy.—In the afternoon of this past Wednesday, more leprosy patients were taken to a place set apart for those unfortunate people, at Kalawao, Molokai. One reason for the lack of eradication of this disease eating away at the lives of our people, is that friends hide away their sick. Here in this town and areas right outside are those with leprosy who were hidden for many months. In Ewa there are people living, afflicted with this disease but have not been found by the agent of the Board of Health [Papa Ola]. They went into the mountains to live, and perhaps it has been over a year that they have lived in the forests; or maybe some months, descending to the houses of friends at night. It is as if they are carrying the disease where they go and are spreading it amongst the healthy people. This is not right. And that is perhaps one of the reasons that this disease keeps multiplying between us.

(Kuokoa, 7/19/1879, p. 4)

Na Lepera.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XVIII, Helu 29, Aoao 4. Iulai 19, 1879.

Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa to Host Educational Workshops, 2012.

I neglected to post this related information about workshops being held by Ka Ohana o Kalaupapa in conjunction with the exhibits at Iolani Palace and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. They say: “The workshops will provide a new perspective on the history of Kalaupapa and will encourage teachers to include the history in their curriculum.” This indeed sounds like a good thing! There in fact was one just yesterday evening. Did anyone get to attend? If yes, how did it go?

There is another one scheduled for the evening of the 2nd of October. For more information, check out the link below.

Teachers Workshops

“The People of Kalaupapa as Active Participants in Their Own History,” 2012.

Tomorrow at noon, there is a Brown Bag Presentation put on by The Center for Biographical Research at University of Hawaii at Manoa. The topic is looking at the Leprosy Colony on Molokai through Hawaiian-Language Material. It sounds like an immense but priceless project! If you are interested, find the details in the link below!!

“The People of Kalaupapa as Active Participants in Their Own History.”