Story of Kalaupapa’s Hutchinson told

The Maui News

Author and historian Anwei Law will talk about longtime Kalaupapa resident and Maui-born Ambrose Kanewali’i Hutchison and his ties to St. Damien, Queen Kapi’olani and Rudolph Meyer at Windward Community College on Oahu on Thursday.

The title of the lecture is “Ambrose K. Hutchison: The Story that No One Else Could Tell.”

Hutchison, the son of a Native Hawaiian woman and a Scottish physician, developed leprosy in his youth and was sent to Kalaupapa in 1879 at the age of 20. He spent the next 53 years there and left an indelible mark on Kalaupapa’s history.

Hutchison worked closely with, and outlived, most of the major figures in Kalaupapa’s early history, including St. Damien, St. Marianne, Meyer, Queen Kapi’olani, Queen Lili’uokalani and Joseph Dutton. He wrote and recopied hundreds of pages of his recollections of a lifetime at Kalaupapa and left a story that no one else could tell.

The lecture is supported by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities and the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity.

Law’s presentation will run from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third floor of Hale La’akea library and is part of a series of events in conjunction with “A Source of Light, Constant and Never Fading” exhibit in the library.

Events and the exhibit are free and open to the public.


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