Annotated Bibliography for

Queen Kapiʻolani Presentation


Primary Sources

Useful first-person account with helpful annotations to clarify historical people and events.  Provides exact dates on the queen's visits, excursions, and girls running away.

Mentions the three different locations up to 1907, the sisters who were running the home in that year, and the number of girls cared for since the Home opened.

Includes the program, a description of the dedication ceremonies, full text of Walter Murray Gibson's speech, and a report on the leper settlement.  Notes the amount raised and queen's role.

Very useful memoir by an eye-witness.  Provides a detailed account of the queen's visit, and describes the stabbing incident that occurred on the night the girls were being transported.  He was the superintendent when both events occurred and provides a unique perspective.

Written by Walter Murray Gibson, it provides an excellent account of the challenges faced by the Board of Health in 1886 when dealing with leprosy.  His report is 47 pages, followed by 12 appendices, which include Liliuokalani's report of Kapiolani's visit to Kalaupapa, Fr. Damien's report on his 13 years in the settlement, and reports by Drs. Fitch, Arning, Mouritz, and Goto.  In addition, he provides over 200 pages of supplements outlining the history of leprosy, not just in Hawaii, but elsewhere around the world, and all the Board of Health reports dating back to the 1865 isolation laws.



Secondary Sources

This article puts Dr. Arning into historical perspective, explains his experiment on Keanu, and what led to his firing by the Board of Health.

While there are many books on Fr. Damien, this book is based on solid primary source research and puts this well-known historical figure into the context of his times.

A very detailed account of Mother Marianne and the Sisters of Saint Francis who nursed the leprosy patients at the Kaka'ako Branch Hospital, cared for the girls of the Kapi'olani Home, and served in Kalaupapa at the Bishop Home for Girls.  Includes numerous excerpts from Sr. Leopoldina Burns diaries, which gives readers an eye-witness account to unfolding events.

Excellent resource on the history of leprosy in Hawaii, and medical knowledge about the disease at that point in time.  Includes a section labeled "Personal Reminiscences" by those who have lived at the Kalaupapa settlement, and a republishing of thirty years of reports on leprosy.

Chapter 3 provides a history of the Kapi'olani Home for Girls (1885-1938) at all four locations.  Offers insight into the lives of the sisters and the girls by quoting from their writings. The author puts the Home into historical context by addressing the movement of children out of orphanages and into foster homes.

Offers readers a glimpse into the life and times of a man who entertained royalty on numerous occasions.

The only book written about Queen Kapi'olani it provides an excellent overview of her life and times.  Includes chants written for her.