Leprosy and the Ko'olau Rebellion


19th century, Molokai, Hawaii, USA --- Father Damien (1840-1889) stands with patients outside his church on Molokai Island. He served at the island's leper colony, eventually contracting the disease himself. --- Image by © CORBIS

When Hansen's disease was introduced to Hawaii, businessmen, especially from the U.S., were having an increasing influence on the Hawaiian government. That influence directly affected how Hawaii handled the disease.

Father Damien (1840-1889) stands with patients outside his church on Molokai Island, Hawaii. He served at the island's leprosarium, eventually contracting the disease himself. Image by © CORBIS

Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, American history, Hawaii, disability, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, U.S. history