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By Kerri A. Inglis

Ma‘i Lepera makes an attempt to recuperate Hawaiian voices at an important second in Hawai‘i’s historical past. It takes an exceptional examine the Hansen’s disorder outbreak (1865–1900) nearly completely from the point of view of “patients,” 90 percentage of whom have been Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). utilizing conventional and nontraditional resources, released and unpublished, it tells the tale of a disorder, a society’s response to it, and the implications of the adventure for Hawai‘i and its people.

Over a span of thirty-four years greater than 5 thousand humans have been despatched to a leprosy payment at the distant peninsula in north Moloka‘i typically often called Makanalua. Their tale has seldom been advised regardless of the masses of letters they wrote to households, neighbors, and the Board of healthiness, in addition to to Hawaiian-language newspapers, detailing their issues on the cost as they struggled to keep their humanity within the face of ma‘i lepera. Many remained politically lively and, every now and then, defiant, resisting authority and difficult rules. up to they suffered, the Kānaka Maoli of Makanalua validated new bonds and cared for each other in ways in which were mostly ignored in renowned histories describing leprosy in Hawai‘i.

Although Ma‘i Lepera is basically a social background of sickness and medication, it deals compelling facts of the way leprosy and its remedy altered Hawaiian perceptions and identities. It replaced how Kānaka Maoli considered themselves: by way of the top of the 19th century, the “diseased” had turn into a cultural “other” to the fit Hawaiian. additionally, it bolstered colonial ideology and furthered using either biomedical practices and sickness as instruments of colonization.

Ma‘i Lepera could be of important curiosity to scholars and students of Hawai‘i and clinical heritage and historic and clinical anthropology. Given its available sort, this ebook also will attract common readers who desire to be aware of extra in regards to the Kānaka Maoli who shriveled leprosy—their connectedness to every one other, their households, their islands, and their nation—and how leprosy got here to impact these connections and their lives.

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