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The authors went to Kalaupapa in 2001 to study the tiny community of Kalaupapa, sited on a peninsula that juts out from the base of the cliff that forms the north shore of Moloka’i Island, Hawai’i. It was created in the nineteenth century by the Kingdom of Hawai’i as a place to exile patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy). When the patients were finally given freedom to leave in 1969, many remained at Kalaupapa. In 1980, Kalaupapa was made a national park. The book describes the community during the years 2002-2005: the relations between the three segments of the community (the patients, the state Department of Health workers who care for them, and National Park Service staff) and the culture of Kalaupapa, particularly that of the former patients. It shows how patient culture resulted from their experience of Hansen’s disease and incarceration at Kalaupapa.
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Charles Langlas was born in Iowa and received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1974. His first ethnographic research was in New Guinea in the 1960s. Subsequently, he has done ethnographic and oral history work with Hawaiians, especially on Hawaii Island. Among his important works are “The People of Kalapana, 1823-1950,” “He Mo’olelo no Kapa’ahu /Story of Kapa’ahu),” and the film “Kau La’au and Ma’ama’a: traditional Hawaiian ulua fishing.” He recently retired from a position as Associate Professor at Ka Haka ’Ula o Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Ms. Ka’ohulani McGuire was born on Moloka’i Island, Hawai’i and received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Subsequently she worked as a consultant assessing the impact on Hawaiian culture of proposed construction projects. She currently resides at Kalaupapa and works for the U.S. National Park Service there doing historical research, ethnography, and oral history work. Sonia Juvik was born in Jamaica, West Indies and received her Ph.D. (1981) in Human Geography from the Australian National University. Throughout her academic life she has focused on the interaction of human attitudes and perceptions of the natural environment and their impacts on public policy, ecosystem stability and cultural landscapes. This focus is reflected in her publications based on research conducted in Australia, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Hawai’i. She recently retired after thirty years as professor of Geography at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo where she taught various topics in cultural and economic geography, land use planning and environmental science.
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Book Description Pili Productions, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M099137780X