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Kalaupapa Annual Report, 1917

Department of the Interior
Report of the Governor of Hawaii to the Secretary of the Interior
For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1917
Washington: GPO 1917

LEPROSY

The four institutions for the treatment of this disease are the leper settlement on the island of Molokai, the leper hospital at Kalihi, and the homes for nonleprous boys and girls of leprous parents on Honolulu.

During the year 32 patients were received and 63 died. Two were examined at the settlement and declared lepers, leaving a total of 587 at the close of the year, 42 less than the previous year. Of these, 358 were male and 229 female. At the Kalihi Hospital there were 44 patients at the beginning of the year; 52 were admitted, 1 reexamined and released, 5 released on parole, 3 died, and 32 transferred to the leper settlement, 3 discharged as not lepers, leaving 52 in the hospital at the end of the year. There were 39 boys at the home for boys, the same number as at the close of the preceding year, and 60 girls as compared with 56. The nationality of the leper population was as follows: 369 Hawaiian, 108 Part-Hawaiian, 47 Portuguese, 24 Chinese, 12 Japanese, 10 Korean, 4 Filipino, 4 German, 3 American, 2 Porto Rican (sic), 2 Spanish, and 1 Belgian. At the beginning of the fiscal year there were 7 nonleprous children living at the settlement; 18 births occurred during the year, 2 were transferred to homes in Honolulu or relatives, 3 died during the year, leaving 20. At the beginning of the year there were 28 male and 11 female kokuas living at the settlement. During the year 4 male and 6 female kokuas were admitted, making a total of 44, while 2 male and 1 female kokuas were discharged and 1 of each sex died, leaving 24 male and 15 female kokuas. Other persons living at the settlement were 26 male and 18 female, 11 being connected with the United States leprosy investigation station and United States lighthouse, the total population of the settlement being 690.

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Did You Know?

Aerial Map of Peniinsula

The Hawaiian place name, Kalaupapa, translates into "flat leaf" which is what the peninsula appears as off the north pali coast of the island of Moloka'i.