James R. Smythe
Kenneth A. Long
Elizabeth Ah Yo
James M. Keanu
Francis W. Keanu
Charles K. Ah Kana
Lydia Ah Kana
Lydia P. Ah Kana
Frederick Ah Kana
William K. Enoka
Margaret K. Enoka
Mary K. Enoka
David W. Haililani
Annie I. Kekowaia
Iahela S. Halahia
Sudorie W. Wicke
Augusto C. Conradt
Joseph K. Ahilome
Mary A. Kyiogi
Henry A. Ah Sam
The "Doc" Cooke Years 1925 - 1939
Leslie “Doc” Cooke
July 22, 1887 - May 18, 1939
Kiesel Cooke Carlson
May 3, 1902 - February 14, 2000
my grandmother, Wilhelmina Cooke, gave her Kalaupapa photo album
and scrapbook to me, I had no idea it would lead to a wonderful
quest and the adventure of a lifetime.
1925, Robert "Doc" Cooke of the Mutual Telephone Company
of Honolulu was sent to Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement to attempt
to install radio receivers that would enable the residents to
hear radio. Although all previous attempts had failed, Doc was
successful, and consequently won the respect of the patients of
Kalaupapa, who considered him "a 'Kahuna' of unusual power".
So when a successor was needed to replace the out-going Superintendent,
Doc was suggested and agreed upon.This the story of Doc's time
there, from 1925 to 1939, told through newspaper articles, letters,
Note: Although the term "leper" is
used in the historic newspaper clippings on this website, this
term is outdated. Leprosy is now called "Hansen's Disease"
and those who have it are called "Patients". The people
of Kalaupapa call themselves "residents".
the beginning, it had nothing to do with the footprint in the
sidewalk - very few people even knew it existed. In the end, this
miniscule piece of Kalaupapa's history would be the centerpiece
of a celebration, and the little girl who's small feet were pressed
into the wet cement on Sept. 10, 1932 would be welcomed back home,
70 years after leaving.
photographs of Doc Cooke, family, friends, and places of Kalaupapa.
facts, events, and people in the history of Kalaupapa, listed
about Kalaupapa by the famous and not-so-famous; including Robert
Louis Stevenson, Ernie Pyle, Jack London, and Doc Cooke.
"FAQ's & Resources"
asked questions about Hansen's disease, links to some informative
Hansen's disease and Kalaupapa-related websites and articles;
books I used while researching my own family history and the
history of Kalaupapa; and organizations you can contact to obtain
records and indexes vital to researching your own Hawaiian family