Kahuna laau lapaau, 1869.

Hawaiian Doctors.–Yesterday the Board of Health convened to examine the Hawaiian kahuna. There were a great many kahuna who went; perhaps around two hundred. It is not known how many kahuna were given approval.

(Au Okoa, 2/18/1869, p. 2)

Ke Au Okoa, Buke IV, Helu 44, Aoao 2. Feberuari 18, 1869.

Medical school for young Hawaiians, 1870.


We understand that one of our physicians, who is thoroughly conversant with the native language, has been authorized to form a class of eight or ten Hawaiian young men, (graduates of the highest schools,) for instruction in the principles and practice of medicine.

There has never been made, that we are aware of, any systematic or earnest effort to instruct Hawaiian youth in the medical art. The knowledge that is necessary to be acquired to make a skillful and thoroughly competent practitioner is not to be obtained in this country, which as yet, does not possess medical schools and colleges, and the difficulties in the way of sending Hawaiian pupils abroad to obtain a medical education, are so various and insurmountable, as almost to preclude any hope of being overcome. Continue reading

Medical school for Hawaiians, 1870.

Medical School.—In the English government newspaper of Wednesday last week, we saw an editorial pertaining to the building of a medical school for young Hawaiians, for maybe eight or ten of them. After inquiring, we were told that Dr. G. P. Judd was given the authority to establish this kind of fine school Continue reading

Not in our neighborhood, 1920.


In a petition signed by 192 citizens residing near to the Pa Ola Hospital [Halema’i Pa Ola] in Kapalama, which was put before the board of supervisors [papa lunakiai] at the meeting this past Tuesday; made clear in the petition was that the Pa Ola Hospital had become something which threatens their lives, and they asked that the hospital be moved elsewhere. The petition was read and placed in the hands of the committee of that board, while asking that the committee meet with the board of health without delay. Continue reading

Pa Ola Day Camp used for flu patients, 1920.

City To Use Pa-ola Camp For Flu Patients

Dr. A. K. Hanchett, city physician, was instructed by the board of supervisors last night to place all influenza cases taken from tenements and congested districts to the Pa-ola camp [Pa Ma’i Pa Ola] at the Palama Settlement, and pay for them out of the hospital fund. The motion was made by Supervisor Lester Petrie.

(PCA, 2/4/1920, p. 3)

The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume LIX, Number 11858, Page 3. February 4, 1920.

Pa Ola Day Camp


“Pa Ola Day Camp,” opened about a year ago near the new Kaumakapili church, is doing a valuable share of the work in the local anti-tuberculosis campaign. The bungalow, shown above, is used for housing cases sent by local physicians or by the nurses of Palama Settlement. During the past ten months seventy-one cases have been treated and twenty left either cured or greatly improved. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Hilo High and Hilo Union to sew masks? 1919.


Since the appeal from the local chapter of the Red Cross was made through the columns of the Post-Herald for more workers to help make Flu masks, a suggestion has been made that the Red Cross might be able to obtain valuable assistance if the Hilo High School and the Union School girls of the higher grade were appealed to give one hour, daily, after school hours, to the making of masks. Continue reading

Pandemic 101 years ago, 1919.


Report of Six Days’ Illness and of Death of Victim Sent In At Same Time

Influenza cases and deaths reported in Honolulu and Oahu since February 1:

City Outside Deaths
Feb. 1 13 5 5
″ 2 12 4 0
″ 3 24 9 4
″ 4 16 8 1
″ 5 6 6 2
″ 6 26 9 2
″ 7 14 10 2
″ 8 7 11 3
″ 9 2 0 0
″ 10 47 6 3
″ 11 35 5 6
″ 12 36 5 5
″ 13 7 3 4
″ 14 30 9 0
″ 15 11 9 0
″ 16 2 0 0
″ 17 30 3 8
″ 18 17 5 6
″ 19 31 1 1
″ 20 20 13 5
Total 386 121 57

Total cases for Oahu . . . . . 507

In January there were 69 deaths from influenza on the Island of Oahu.

Total deaths January and February, 126. Continue reading