Hawaiian medical kahuna and haole doctors, 1871.

Answer to W. P. Waha.

Mr. Editor; Aloha oe:

Perhaps it is well that I explain in your newspaper a thought responding to W. P. Waha of Honomaele Uka, Hana, Maui.

In the newspaper, Kuokoa, Buke 10, Helu 27, of the 8th of this past July, Waha published an opinion pertaining to the Practice of Hawaiian Medicine. From what I saw searching from beginning to end; this is what I mainly got out of it, that “he is jealous, malicious, and a slanderer, ” and so forth. You just chomp your mouth like a wild shark of the sea saying, “All of the Hawaiians are dying because of whom? Yes! They are dying because of you Heads of the Government!” If that is the intent of the questioner, then I ask of you, “Is that indeed true?” Let us all look at the thoughts of this malicious inciter, being that the Heads of our Nation are not looking to kill off the Hawaiian Lahui, and ways to kill them, but it is you, and it is you yourselves who offer yourselves off to die; and you enjoy grumbling to our Heads of Government. Take a short look at this, you fault finder; During the past session of the Legislature, in the year 1870, $4,000 was put to teach Hawaiian youths Medicine, and in the month of November of last year, the government chose the proper person in which they trust, as a teacher for the school, and it is being taught now. There is no other reason for this action except because of the aloha for you, O Hawaiian people.

Take another look; some Hawaiian medical kahuna are licensed, so that they can practice medicine in the country and areas where there are no doctors. The ignorant and uneducated practitioners are being sued. If you look at these actions by our Government Heads, it appears as if they are concerned that our Lahui will perish.

Hawaiians are dying, but their deaths are not because of the haole doctors, not because of the Board of Health, and not because of the Heads of our Government.

And here is something else; the Queen’s Hospital [Hale Lapaau o ka Moiwahine] was built as a place where Hawaiians who are suffering from various illnesses can be treated. The doors are open to the many, and you should probably go to see it for yourself.

The government’s eyes are wide open, and not narrowed like you say. Perhaps this explanation will suffice. Aloha to you.

It is me, John W. Kalua.

Medical School, Honolulu, July 11, 1871.

[John W. Kalua was one of the students in Judd’s medical school for Hawaiian students.]

(Kuokoa, 8/5/1871, p. 3)

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