My father, Dr Howard Slack was Hawaii’s first federal veterinarian in charge of Hawaiian islands at the time of its statehood. As such, he visited Kalaupapa on several occasions to test livestock for infectious diseases. His associate, Dr Charlie Campbell visited Kalaupapa to continue the work necessary to comply with federal standards. Both Charlie and my father have only positive comments on their visits and the aloha spirit and hospitality shown them.
Thank you, Robert, for sharing that bit of information. What time period was this? Did he treat their pets? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂
I was wondering if there are any archives available. My grandfather’s brother died here in 1941. The interesting thing is that I was told he didn’t have leprosy when he went there but sought treatment from another illness. Unfortunately he passed away and anyone in my family who would have any detailed information is now passed on.
Ryan, contact Ka’Ohana O’Kalaupapa at http://www.kalaupapaohana.org/families.html – they are a great resource for family members at Kalaupapa.
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