Two interesting testimonials appearing in the same issue, 1892.


Honolulu, April 4, 1892.

I hereby attest, I am the one whose name appears below; in order to verify the miraculous works of Mr. Marcus W. Lowell, and so that the public knows, he treated my wife in 1886 after she contracted the disease known as the sickness that separates families [ma’i hookaawale ohana]; he treated her and she got much better than with the doctors who treated her. She suffered for ten years from this sickness, and within a month, Mr. Lowell saved her because of his aloha he had for my wife during that time.

To attest to this, I place my name here.

John Kahikina Kelekona.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 4/8/1892, p. 2)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 428, Aoao 2. Aperila 8, 1892.


Honolulu, March 24, 1892.

I, George Campton, carpenter, have been a resident of these Islands for the last 14 years. In the last year 1891 I suffered from cancer in the leg, and through the advice of a friend I had Mr. Lowell to see it. I suffered the most excruciating pain and has confined to my bed for weeks, when Mr. Lowel saw me and told me he thought he could cure it, and to my utter astonishment, in one month from the time Mr. Lowell first saw it it was cured. It is now nearly three months since and has all the appearance of a complete cure. In three weeks from the time Mr. Lowell first saw me I was able to go about my dusiness. Any one desiring further information can call on me at 36 King St.

(Leo o ka Lahui, 4/8/1892, p. 4)


Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 428, Aoao 4. Aperila 8, 1892.

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.