As part of ʻImiloa’s traveling exhibit: I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, there will be a special presentation titled Maʻi Hoʻokaʻawale ʻOhana and the Journey into Exile: Hansen’s Disease in Hawaiʻi by Dr. Kerri Inglis of UHH.
The lecture takes place on Thursday, May 1 at 4 pm, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. The cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and includes admission to the exhibit.
From 1866 to 1969, approximately 8,000 persons were quarantined or exiled to the leprosy settlement at Kalaupapa. Endeavoring to recover the voices of the patients who lived through this significant moment in Hawaiian history, Inglis will present her research on the letters and articles that patients and their loved ones wrote to the Board of Health and Hawaiian language newspapers in the 19th century, and share oral histories that were collected in the 20th century. Together these records tell the story of a disease, a changing society’s reaction to that disease, and the long lasting consequences of that experience for Hawai‘i and its people.
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