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Translations bring to light true voices of patients

  • COURTESY HAWAII STATE ARCHIVES
    A letter from J.N. Loe, one of the first 12 Hansen’s disease patients sent to Kalaupapa, asks for two newspapers from Oahu. It was mailed to the Board of Health on Jan. 6, 1866.
  • COURTESY IDEA ARCHIVES
    Historian Colette Higgins believes this photograph, which was taken in 1884, records a visit to Kalaupapa by Queen Kapiolani. Siloama, the first church at Kalawao, is in the foreground. Behind it is St. Philomena, Saint Damien’s church.

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