Father Damien’s Arrival in Hawaii
Posted: May 10, 2017 Filed under: Day in History, Teasers, Topic Guides
Today in history — May 10, 1873 — Father Damien and his bishop arrived at Kalaupapa, where leprosy victims lived in exile.
Dedicating his life to serving those victims, Father Damien encouraged civility through establishing laws, constructed buildings, coffins, and a water system, planted trees, encouraged the government to provide more resources, and boosted morale. The Belgian missionary priest’s selflessness made him famous internationally.
Read more about it in Hawaii in “Leprosy.”