- Alice Kim
1835: A Hawaiian woman named Kamuli in Koloa, Kauai had symptoms of leprosy, known as the first documented case of leprosy in Hawaii.
December 13, 1850: Kamehameha III established the first Board of Health, which aimed to oversee the public health of the people of Hawaii and to cure the people of epidemic diseases, especially cholera.
1860s: Leprosy spreaded quickly throughout the people in Hawaii, causing alarm and panic. The disease disproportionately affected the Native Hawaiians.
1865: "An Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy" was passed and says that land is to be set aside for isolating leprosy victims. The state of Hawaii bought 800 acres of land on Kalaupapa, Molokai for that purpose.
January 6, 1866: The first group of leprosy victims with 16 people arrived at Kalawao for isolation.
1868: The Norwegian scientist Armauer Hansen identified mycobacterium leprae, the causing bacterium of leprosy.
May 10, 1873: A Belgian missionary priest originally named Joseph Damien de Veuster, Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where the Hawaii government sent the leprosy victims in exile. Leading the community, Father Damien built a church and oversaw various improvement projects, including building homes and schools and organizing farms. Taking care of the community for the rest of his life, Father Damien encouraged the community to follow basic laws, constructed buildings and coffins, constructed a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources for the leprosy victims, and boosted people's morale. Father Damien's selflessness made him famous internationally.
September 15, 1881: Queen Liliuokalani visited the settlement. Afterward, she honored Father Damien with the Cross of the Royal Order of Kalakaua to recognize his “efforts in alleviating the distress and mitigating the sorrows of the unfortunate.”
1885: Kapiolani Home for Girls opened to house the children of leprosy victims.
1886: Sent by the Board of Health, Dr. Masanao Goto arrived at Kalaupapa and tried a method of treating leprosy, which consisted of different medicines with hot baths.
April 15, 1889: Father Damien passed away at age 49 from the leprosy he contracted through his 16 years of work on Molokai.
1946: Leprosy patients in Hawaii began to receive treatment of sulfone drugs, which made the leprosy victims' leprosy go into remission and not be contagious.
1969: The Hawaii Board of Health stopped the isolation of leprosy victims and ended the isolation laws. From 1866 to 1969, the Kalaupapa settlement received a total of about 8,000 people.
2009: The Catholic Church canonized Father Damien as a saint, naming him Saint Damien of Molokai.
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