Queen Liliuokalani travels to Kalawao, 1891.

Journey of the Alii, Queen Liliuokalani, to the Colony of Kalawao.

To the Editor of the “Daily Ko Hawaii Pae Aina,”

J. U. Kawainui,

Aloha oe:

At 10 at night on this past Sunday, April 26, 1891, the steamship Likelike left the wharf of Ainahou, taking upon her deck beloved Hawaii’s favorite, to see the group of the lahui who are in pain and great suffering. There were three hundred or so people on this tour. Here are the  dignitaries who went:

Queen Liliuokalani, Prince Keliianaole [Kalanianaole], Prime Minister Sam Parker, President D. Dayton, Agent of the Board of Health, Lalana, Hon. J. Nawahi, Hon. L. W. P. Kanealii, Hon. D. W. Pua, Hon. J. K. Hookano, E. Lilikalani, Hon. J. G. Hoapili, French Commissioner, Portuguese Commissioner, Mr. and Mrs. C. Clarke, Joseph Heleluhe, Mrs. Limaheihei, Mrs. Pamahoa Kalauli, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Kaaukai, Mrs. L. Keohokalole, A. Mahaulu, Bishop Wills, Father Leolono, J. N. K. Keola, G. W. Kualaku, Tamara Meekapu, Mr. and Mrs. Auld and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Ailau, Band Master Berger and 31 band members, two haole women, Mrs. Makanoe and father, Mrs. Kuihelani, Mahoe, Malaea Kaaipeelua, Lula Kahelemauna, Mrs. Akau and the many others for whom I have don’t have their names.

The ocean was fine, there wasn’t much wind, but there was enough wind to carry the favorite one, landing before her makaainana who suffer in pain. The light of the queen of the night shown down beautifully; the wheel of the princess, the younger sister, Likelike [referring to the ship], pushed against the sea of Kaiwi, the beloved sea, like a child carried before the friends in misfortune; eyes searching the tips of the waves for land, with sorrowful tears for their birth land. At 6 in the morning, on Monday, April 27, 1891 they landed at the harbor of Kalaupapa.

The mast in the aft of the Likelike flew the crown flag, announcing here I am with a heavy heart for all of you. The town of Kalaupapa was spread out before us, from the seaside to the uplands, with cliffs surrounding, lined up on the west side of the town.

The land was astir with people at the harbor wanting to embrace with tears the Queen and her people; and likewise the alii, the Queen, and her people wanted to do the same. Continue reading

Kokua being sent out of Kalawao and Kalaupapa, 1894.

To be Discharged.

Here below is the list of assistants [kokua] living in Kalawao and Kalaupapa who are being sent away.

Kaaihue (m), Kawika (m), Kalaeloa (m), Keliikipi (m), Makakoa (m), they are from Kohala, Hawaii. Nailima (m), Ku (m), S. Keanu, Kekua (m), Kaaikauna (m), Manua (m), Manua, Jr. (m), Kaoo (f), Kealohanui (f), Malia (f), and Kaia (f), they are from Maui along with Mele Paulina. Pukooku (m), Nailima 2 (m), Kamakau (m), Kalehua (f), and Umi (f), from Kona, Hawaii. C. Kopena, Hokela (f), and Keonaona (f), they are from Honolulu. Mihi (f) and Pahukoa (m), from Niihau. Alaala (m) and Hamea (f), from Kauai. Kanuha ka, from Ewa. Maiuli (m), from Molokai. Kahananui (m), Kamaka (m), Auau (m), Pookela (f), Maleka (f), it is not known where they are from. Kapoi (f) and Kaiakonui (f), from Kalaupapa. Hanaloa (m), from Hilo. Kapeka (f), from Waipio. Apikaila (f) and Kekuni (f), from Kohala.

Here are the kokua that are married. Kaaihue (m) to Kaoo (f), Kanua (m) to Pookela (f), Kamaka (m) to Kapoi (f), Keliikipi (m) to Kaleiolono (f), C. Kopena to Keonaona (f), Kaaikauna (m) to Apikaila (f), Alaala (m) to Hamea (f).

Here are the kokua who are married to a patient: Nailima (m) to Kealoha (f), Pahukoa (m) to Keoho (f), S. Keanu to Maikini (f), Manua, Jr. to Kaiwaokalani (f), Hanaloa (m) to Kalehua (f), Hokela (f) to Lopaka (m), Mihi (f) to Haili (m), Malia (f) to Punohu (m), Umi (f) to Punilio (m), Mele Paulina to Huelo Poki, Kekuni (f) to Kane (m). Most of the kokua live mixed in with the patients. As for Kaiakonui (f), she is married to A. Hutchison, the current Superintendent.

(Makaainana, 2/5/1894, p. 2)

E Kaiehuia aku ana.

Ka Makaainana, Buke I—-Ano Hou, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Feberuari 5, 1894.

Listing of earliest deaths in Kalawao, 1868.

Those who died of Leprosy


O Kuokoa Newspaper; Alohe oe:—

Tell all friends, from Hawaii to Niihau, the number of leprosy patients who died from their arrival here in Kalawao, Molokai, from the beginning until today. Here are their names and their total.

Apr. 15, 1866, Kaanaana m. died, from Heeia, Oahu. May 4, Makaio m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. May 23, Kaupena m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. May 30, Kaneakua m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. May 31, Kawaakai m. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. June 3, Waiwaiole m. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. June 12, Kaolelo m. died, from Maliko, Maui. June 27, Kapoka f. died, from Lahaina, Maui. June 24, Kaneakua m. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. July 4, Makaele m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. July 16, Kaia m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. July 20, Noa m. died, from Ewa, Oahu. Aug. 5, Nahuina f. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. Aug. 6, Koalakai m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. Aug. 8, Waipio m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. Aug. 11, Napahu m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. He was a helper [kokua] for his wife, but he died before her there. Aug. 12, Kalaikane f. died, from Lahaina, Maui. September 27, Puu m. died, from Hawaii. October 22, Kaili m. died, it is not clear where he lived. November 1, Kaaipuaa f. died, it is not clear where she lived. November 9, Kaaipoi m. died, it is not clear where he lived. November 19, Kea died, from Lahaina, Maui. November 27, Malaka f. died, from Lahaina, Maui. November 28, Kainaina m. died, from Lahaina, Maui. December 2, 1 Moo m. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. December 7, Iosepa m. died, from Honolulu, Oahu. December 15, 2 Moo m. died, from North Kona. December 24, Kauwehawa m. died, it is not clear where he lived. December 25, Kane m. died, it is not clear where he lived.

January 1, 1867, Lono m. died, it is not clear where he lived. January 20, Kaleo m. died, from North Kona. February 14, Kaluaioahu f. died, it is not clear where she lived. March 16, Kahananui m. died, it is not clear where he lived. March 22, Kauahaao m. died, it is not clear where he lived. April 15, Mauliole f. died. April 20, Kahakauila m. died, from North Kona. April 27, Kimo m. died, it is not clear where he lived. May 16, Kaena f. died, it is not clear where she lived. May 31, Kaheana m. died, it is not clear where he lived.

(Kuokoa, 2/29/1868, p. 3)

Ka Poe make i ka mai Lepera

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VII, Helu 9, Aoao 3. Feberuari 29, 1868.

Kalaupapa a hundred years ago, 1912.


The S. S. Mikahala arrived yesterday, and turned around full of cargo for this port, and at Kaunakakai it put ashore the pai ai [pa‘i ‘ai], and most of the items will perhaps arrive the following week. The kokua went upside to Kaunakakai with the donkeys to fetch the pai ai yesterday evening, and last night the provision donkeys arrived, and this morning they left again for the remaining pai ai. The reason that that S. S. Mikahala could not land her cargo was because of the rough seas surrounding us; there was no harbor, only ocean, and the waves spreading across shore were towering, but an amazing thing was the request by the Vice Superintendent and Doctor W. J. Goodhue for the children and their skiff of the H. H. K. L. [?] and this request was granted.

Dr. W. J. Goodhue got on, along with the stout boys of the H. H. K. L. and they rowed out to try and get the Mikahala to throw over the pai ai to them; the amazing thing I spoke of was when the skiff came into view and before them was a huge wave, and that was when everyone held their breath, because it was as if the boat and the brave ones aboard would be pulled down, however with the blink of an eye, the skiff arrived triumphantly outside without harm, and Dr. W. J. Goodhue was seen waving his handkerchief to the people on land. And to Mr. Paahao, the helmsman went the people’s appreciation, because it was his steering that they faced the powerful waves and came out like a man-eating shark speeding atop the sparkling [hulala?] billows of the sea; and admiration also went to the boys who rowed, being that it was their strength which helped the helmsman greatly. This is just some news.

I understand that you sent the Calendars and they came, but there they go back again, and maybe we will get them next week.

There is a much Rain and strong Kona winds blowing, from last week until today, and it is this wind that caused the rough seas, and the rough seas are bringing up great rocks [aa?] and depositing them upland.

William Notley
Kalaupapa, Molokai, Feb. 2, 1912.

(Kuokoa Home Rula, 2/9/1912, p. 1)


Kuokoa Home Rula, Buke X, Helu 6, Aoao 1. Feberuari 9, 1912.