Spread of the flu on Kauai, 1919.


From the news of the past 27th of this month, it reported of the great spread of the Spanish sickness [Spanish flu] at the Sugar Plantation of Makaweli on Kauai, and the number of those who contracted this sickness reached five hundred people, rising sharply every day. And twelve died of this sickness and pneumonia.

From thirty to forty percent of those who die from this sickness are children and the youngest amongst them was one year old. And because of the great spread of this sickness amongst the children, instruction at the school of Makaweli has been stopped.

Out of Lihue came one hundred and fifty sick, and the camps are being inspected everyday, just as is being done in Makaweli. The nurses and the helpers are  wearing masks [uhimaka], when they perform their duties amongst the people with this sickness. The Red Cross [Kea Ulaula] has also joined in to assist in supplying sheets and bed clothes for the sick, making much effort in all ways that might squelch this sickness.

The spread of this sickness is powerful on the island of Kauai, and the government is putting much effort into suppressing the wide spread of this type of illness in some districts, and for that reason, some government schools have been shut, because amongst children the spread of the sickness is very powerful on that island.

As for this island [Hawaii], the spread has lessened, and the cold has been spreading. But the supervisors of the Board of Health are continuing, without pause, to search for means to extinguish this sickness before it spreads all over this island. So too are Kauai’s supervisors of the Board of Health putting effort into extinguishing that single sickness from spreading wide, so the tragedy amongst the public will not be great.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/6/1919, p. 3)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke 12, Helu 40, Aoao 3. Maraki 6, 1919.


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