Hansen’s disease

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HPR’s All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence sat down recently with the author of the play, ‘Shipment Day,’ Lorenzo Destefano. The interview includes a dramatic reading from the play. But the playwright begins by describing the sense of fear that surrounded a diagnosis of leprosy in 1934 Honolulu—and not only for the patient.

Award winning writer, storyteller, educator, Makia Malo, was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at age 12, and exiled to Kalaupapa in 1947.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Malo about experiences included in his new memoir.