Koolau the Leper and the Kalalau Valley Rebellion

You have a contagious, incurable disease, and the government wants to exile you to Molokai. Is it time to run and hide?

In 1893, with his wife and son, Koolau the Leper did that and lived in Kalalau Valley, Kauai, with other leprosy victims. However, after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, the newly formed Provisional Government didn’t want any leprosy victim slipping through the cracks. Thus, the deputy sheriff and policemen tried to drive the leprosy victims out of Kalalau Valley. But instead, the leprosy victims tried to drive them out.

What happened to Koolau the Leper? Read more about it in “Koolau the Leper and the Kalalau Valley Rebellion.”

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