S. K. Maialoha sent to Kalaupapa, 1905.



O Swift Messenger of the communities of Hawaii, floating all the way foreign lands, Ke Aloha Aina Newspaper. Greetings:—

On the 12th of this September, in the morning hours, there was crying as people walked outside of the grounds of that hallowed castle, and at 8 o’clock or so was when our belongings were readied. The wailing was heard of women for their husbands, men for their wives, parents for their children, children for their parents, family for family.

And at 11 o’clock, the patients were called to board the car; a veil was spread, and people could no more see us; the cars left the grounds, and great mourning was heard; your writer saw his dear mama and our child for the last time; and the writer heard the calling of my beloved Ape, “O Papa, come back to me.” Continue reading


John Kaalouahi dies at Kalaupapa,1924.


He was born at Koae, Puna, Hawaii, in March 1858. He died at Kalaupapa, Molokai, on the morning of Wednesday of last week, Aug. 13, 1924.

He was 66 years old when he left behind this life.

He served as reverend for Halawa, Molokai for 30 or more years, and it was this sickness of body that took him away from his church, and he resided at Kalihi Hospital for one year and then was taken to Kalaupapa. He spent 6 months at Baldwin Home in Kalaupapa, and he passed away. He leaves behind 8 children who grieve for him, 2 boys and 6 girls, along with grandchildren. Five are here in Honolulu, two on Molokai, and one in Hilo, Hawaii.

With grief,


(Kuokoa, 9/4/1924, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 36, Aoao 6. Sepatemaba 4, 1924.

Heirs of those who died at the leprosy colony, 1900.


The heirs of the patients who died in the leprosy colony, Molokai, named below, are wanted to put before the Office of the Board of Health [Papa Ola] with proper validation, their claims for the remainder of the estate of the ones who died, within six (6) months of this day, or the money will go to benefit the Treasury of the Government.

Akoi Akamu (m) from Wailuku, Maui, 29 years old; taken to the Colony of the Sick [Kahua Ma’i] on July 15, 1891; died on January 24, 1900.

Arthur Kawaieli (m) from Honolulu, 38 years old; taken to the Colony of the Sick on July 25, 1893; died on March 5, 1900. Continue reading

Brother Dutton on Molokai, 1911.

25 Years on Molokai.

Last Saturday, the friends of Bro. J. R. Dutton celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of his living at the sanatorium at Molokai, where he chose to be amongst the patients, and to teach them of the kingdom of heaven and the righteousness of the spirit.

Bro. Dutton was invited to come to Hawaii as a result of his desire to minister on Molokai amongst the people afflicted with leprosy; and it is true, from the moment he stepped upon the soil of Kalawao, until living there for 25 years, there was not a single moment he spent away, but he remained there at Kalawao at the Baldwin Boys’ Home at all times, as if he made this his home.

In his many years living there, there was only a single time he showed signs of grief, when he climbed into the hills many years ago, his eyes looked out to the wide ocean, and he returned immediately to the Baldwin Home to his room. He then began to write. However, it is unknown what happened that day, except through conjecture.

Bro. Dutton was a soldier engaged in a fierce battle between the north and the south; and he saw the dead bodies of his comrades in battle. He visited the graves of his many friends, and he remains a member of the soldiers of the Republic.

(Kuokoa, 8/4/1911, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVII, Helu 31, Aoao 5. Augate 4, 1911.

Criticism of treatment at Baldwin Home, 1896.

Improper Acts.


Your news-sniffing detective reports before all, the improper actions of the Brothers [Hoahanau] overseeing the Baldwin Home [Home Balauwina] in Kalawao. On Wednesday morning, the 9th of September, there was a uprising between the boys and the Brothers because the pig feed bucket was brought filled with tea to drink that morning. So the boys were incensed at that mistreatment. These Brothers must have thought that those boys inflicted with leprosy at that Home were pigs, and that is why they did that kind of thing.

Here is another thing: one of the boys who died at the Home some months ago was taken to the mortuary. That night, his clothes he was wearing were fetched. Here are the items taken from the body of the dead boy: One brand new suit, and a pair of shoes. These things are being worn now by another boy of the Home.

One more thing, if a boy of the Home dies, he is wrapped up in a blanket and put in a box and taken to Koloa [?].

The cart used to transport beef is another thing; that is the cart used to transport the patients with rotting sores. Is this something proper that the Brothers are doing to these boys of the lahui who are afflicted with this suffering from leprosy living in the Home?

Your detective believes that it is not right. It is killing the body and the soul of their neighbor. The Board of Health [Papa Ola] should remove these Brothers from the Home and return the Sisters [Viregine] of Aloha to this Home. Their care of the patients was much better than that of these people who waste the Government’s money.

With appreciation,

News-Sniffing Detective

Kalawao, Molokai.

(Makaainana, 11/9/1896, p. 3)

He Mau Hana Maikai Ole.

Ka Makaainana, Buke VI----Ano Hou, Helu 19, Aoao 3. Novemaba 9, 1896.

Donations for the commission carrying the anti-annexation petitions to America, 1898.




We are the Aloha Aina boys whose hearts are full of true aloha from deep within.

We are donating our few cents for the well-being of the Representatives with unified hearts and to attest to this, we affix our names.


B. Lapilio, 50 cents

Nakeu, 50 ”

Halekauhola, 50 ”

E. D. T. Sing, 50 ”

John Lono, 50 ”

Moluhi, 50 ”

John Hao, 50 ”

Kukaukama, 50 ”

Kaomea Kaui, 50 ”

J. Namaielua, 50 ”

Jeo Kahilahila, 50 ”

Kalua, 50 ”

Mahi Kaio, 50 ”

S. Pilipo, 50 ”

Kauluwehiwehi, 50 ”

Hanaole, 50 ”

Micah Kaui, 50 ”

Kalauahea, 50 ”

Pohano, 50 ”

Kaukua, 50 ”

Kihauna, 50 ”

Ake, 50 ”

Hoopii, 50 ”

Moses Holi, 50 ”

S. Kauhahaa, 50 ”

Pihana, 50 ”

Isaia Wai, 50 ”

Pali, 50 ”

Hukia, 25 ”

Kanakahoa, 25 ”

Lai Kilauea, 25 ”

John Papu, 10 ”

Hakau, 10 ”

Kaonohiliilii, 10 ”

Kahikina, 1.00 ”

John Haloi, 1.00 ”

J. K. Laanui, 1.95 ”

D. W. J. Kaopuiki, 1.00 ”

Total: $20.00

D. W. J. Kaopuiki


The boys of Baldwin Home are speedy.

[The newspaper Ka Loea Kalaiaina (and many other Hawaiian-Language Newspapers) are for some reason still not available online in searchable text form or even in image form. This is unfortunate, for although most people are familiar with the anti-annexation petitions (“Kū‘ē Petitions”), many have not seen the many lists of donations collected from all over the islands for the expenses of the commission carrying the petition to Washington D. C.

This particular list of donors and donations are from Kalawao! These patients were forced to live isolated from mainstream society, and yet they remained staunch patriots!!

This image is difficult to read, and I hope that clear images of these pages will be made, so if they are typed out to be word-searchable online, people will be able to find their kupuna—it will be near impossible to find a name if there is an “@” somewhere within it…]

(Loea Kalaiaina, 3/14/1898, p. 3)


Ka Loea Kalaiaina, Buke II, Helu 11, Aoao 3. Maraki 14, 1898.

More from Kalaupapa, 1912.


To you, the distinguished one, O Nupepa Kuokoa, warm Aloha between us:—Please print these lines below:

Here I am spreading amongst the public, appreciation for the way we are being cared for at Baldwin Home here at the leprosy colony; the Brothers take good care of all of us and their care is better than true parents, all of the boys of the home have become true brothers to the Brothers of Baldwin Home; and this [letter] is to let the parents know of how their beloved children are being cared for at Baldwin Home.

If the children go down to the ocean of Kalaupapa, two Brothers will go down with them and come back with them; they take care of the children very morally; also, if the children go to Waikolu, some of the Brothers will accompany them all the time.

Let us look, O Friends and Parents, at the manner in which the sick children of Molokai are taken care of; in my opinion, Baldwin Home is the best. These are the names of the Brothers: Bro. Jokewe [Joseph Dutton] is the head of this Home, Bro. Lui [?] is the head of the Brothers, Bro. Lipolina [?] is their cook, Bro. Sawelino [?] is the one who sews the clothes of all of the children of Baldwin Home.

The Home is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and plum trees; those things above are what I have to inform you of.

O Distinguished One, I am one of the children who came to this foreign land, her to the leprosy colony of Molokai in the month of September 26, 1911.

That is the news from the land of suffering; please spread it to the entire archipelago.

Sincerely yours,
James Palakiko.
Baldwin Home, Molokai.

(Kuokoa, 1/12/1912, p. 6)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 2, Aoao 6. Ianuari 12, 1912.

Film of Kalaupapa 4th of July celebration, 1915.


Before a few invited people, the haole film maker, R. K. Bonine showed views of the celebration of the fourth of July at the land of the patients on Molokai, on the night of this past July 4th.

Superintendent McVeigh was amongst the audience, and was much appreciative of the quality and clarity of these views shot on film; and when he returned to the land of the patients this Tuesday, he took with him the movie to show before the patients.

The movie taken by Mr. Bonine was 800 feet in length, and as he agreed before the patients of Kalaupapa to show the movie he shot before them, therefore, he wanted Molokai’s people to see that movie first before him showing it to Honolulu’s people at the Opera House in the future.

The first scene in the movie is the port of Kalaupapa, with the skiffs of the steamship approaching the harbor; accompanying this first scene is the store of Kalaupapa, with a oxcart pulled by four oxen—this scene shows everyday life at the land of the patients.

The scene following this is the infirmary, which is far away, and some other things; and then it moves to the celebration of this past fourth of July.

In the parade are five police, all the way at the head of the parade, with their uniforms; following behind them are the automobiles and the Chinese carts [kaa bake?], and American flags wave everywhere like the ones decorating those vehicles.

After the parading cars were those pa-u riders with their skirts fluttering in the wind; and after them were the various singing groups all dressed up in their uniforms, the girls of Bishop Home, the boys of Baldwin Home; and following that was the cowboys and the pa-u riders of Kauai.

The entertaining horse races of the day is another good scene, along with some other views of the land of the patients; and when that small crowd saw these scenes, they were full of appreciation for Mr. Bonine, and the patients will certainly not fail to give their thanks for the movie.

(Kuokoa, 8/15/1915, p. 3)


Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 33, Aoao 3. Augate 13, 1915.