Back to smallpox, 1881,

[Found under “Hawaii News”]

Upon the schooner, “Mana,” there appeared a case of smallpox in the cook, as the ship was sailing for Hawaii. It returned to Honolulu, and all aboard were quarantined, and the sick person was taken to the hospital at Kahakaaulana. When the illness starts appearing, perhaps only one thing can save us, that is by us being vaccinated, when Hanakapahu [another name for smallpox] strikes with his merciless tongue.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 1/8/1881, p. 3)

Ua puka ae maluna o ka moku kuna "Mana"...

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 2, Aoao 3. Ianuari 8, 1881.

More on smallpox outbreak, 1881.

The Killer “Bumpy Disease” in Honolulu.

The scary killer disease of 1853 has appeared once again within this town, and has spread its roots throughout the Kona district in no time. We are in possession of the list of the sick, from the 4th of December 1880 up until yesterday, and the total reached 53. Seven of them are haole, 12 are Chinese, and the rest are all Hawaiians. One haole died of the illness, and one hung himself. Just one Hawaiian has died, Lilia Keawe, a hapa haole.

We strongly urge, in the case where one of you is afflicted, O People of Honolulu, to quickly make it known at the prison, and the government will treat you at no cost. Do not try to conceal it, or it will become an epidemic.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 2/12/1881, p. 2)


Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 7, Aoao 2. Feberuari 12, 1881.

Wow… Could this be the beginnings of the smallpox epidemic? 1881.

It is a shocking thing, what the Board of Health was seen doing these days. When the steamship, the “City of New York,” arrived from San Francisco, where smallpox was spread, the passengers up front were quarantined, but the passengers from the back, the wealthy people, were allowed to come ashore without being quarantined. When the ship came to the dock, those on shore were forbidden to approach it. Because of the Board of Health’s unequal quarantine, the passengers from the front rejected the quarantine orders, and the rules of the Board of Health were useless.

Now that the people know full well of this act, it is quite clear that the time has come for this Board of Health to be denounced by all people of the nation, and what is left for the members to do is to leave this which is beyond their abilities for the good of the Hawaiian Nation.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 1/1/1881, p. 2)

He mea kupanaha...

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Ianuari 1, 1881.