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"Jack London's Visit To Kaua‘i in 1915"

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At the point when Jack London - made his unrivaled visit in Kaua‘i, he was America's most praised author, having written some well-known books, including his great novel, "The Call of the Wild," the exciting story of the sled canine, Buck, and his experience inside the solidified spans of the Far North. 



Jack London is an important literary figure in history because as a pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction. 



However, it completely was warm, subtropical Hawaii that gave the district to 2 volumes of the most flawlessly awesome of his accounts, and one among the best, “Koolau the Leper,” on Kaua‘i.








First distributed in, “Koolau the Leper,” is London's fictionalized rendition of the genuine biography of Ko'olau, a Hawaiian paniolo from Kekaha who was blasted with Hansen's ailment, and made to escape to Kalalau Valley to stop his expulsion to the outcast settlement on Moloka'i's Kalaupapa landmass. At Kalaupapa, he would be destined to spend an amazing remainder of his time, segregated from his family, and along these lines the world past the promontory. 



In established truth, Ko'olau had gone away to Kalalau Valley, along with his better half, Pi'ilani and their young child, Kale'imanu, for that very cause. 



While on the run in Kalalau Valley, his abilities as a marksman and master tracker empowered him to repulse government specialists and sidestep being caught for more than three years. 



Tragically, in any case, Kale'imanu died regarding Hansen's disease, during that point, and was buried by his folks. And Pi'ilani unearthed his grave and covered him along with his rifle, as he'd mentioned. She at that point came back to Kekaha, where she was never arraigned for supporting her significant other, and surrendered in Waimea in. 



Jack London had likely, originally heard the Ko'olau story from Kaua'i-conceived Bert Stolz, the designer on board London's - foot ketch, "Snark," while they cruised together from Oakland to Honolulu, on the essential leg of London's yachting journey, toward the South Oceans. 



One of the fellows Ko'olau had shot and slaughtered in Kalalau Valley, had been delegate Louis Stolz, Bert's dad. 



Further motivation for "Ko'olau the Outsider" could have come to London during his five-day visit to Kalaupapa that exact same year, where he went to a Fourth of July outing, nearby the rough occupants of the town. 



Having already heard ghastliness accounts of horrible day to day environments at Kalaupapa, and consequently the awful physical condition of its occupants, he was shocked to search out Kalaupapa's occupants, acting regularly, despite their nightmarish experience. 



When London visited Kaua‘i in May, a few years after “Koolau the Leper,” he learned more authentic details of the Ko‘olau story, from Kaua‘i resident Walter Sanborn.



Sanborn and London had attended a lu‘au in Niumalu at John Coney’s place, and afterward, while Sanborn drove London up to Hanalei to the steamer that would take the writer back to Honolulu, they discussed the story.








It seems that John Coney had been a Kaua‘i Deputy Sheriff when he and Kaua‘i police officer John I discovered Ko‘olau’s grave in Kalalau Valley.



They dug into the soil to find a body wrapped in a blanket, that was covered with a raincoat, and a rifle lay atop the body. When they pulled back the coverings, Coney and John I found Ko‘olau’s remains.



While visiting Kaua‘i, Jack London stayed at the Rev. John Mortimer Lydgate’s Lihu‘e house, which stood near his Congregational church, now the site of the Lihu‘e United Church.



A cultured and well-educated man, fluent in the Hawaiian language, Lydgate was also a skilled surveyor, and a fine amateur historian, archeologist, writer, and botanist. He helped found the Kaua‘i Public Library, and Lydgate Park in Wailua is named after him.



Lydgate and London had been introduced to each other by Charles Atwood Rice, whose father, William Hyde Rice, had been the last governor of Kaua‘i.



Lydgate wrote that he found London to be modest and thoughtful. He’d also expected London to discuss literature, but the famous storyteller spoke, instead, of his California ranch and the art of sailing the Snark, through the vast Pacific.



London was an avid reader, Lydgate observed and noted that London wrote for two hours every day, day in and day out, practically without exception.



Jack London sailed back to California in July, but he returned in December and remained in Hawai‘i until July of the following year.



In November, Jack London died in Glen Ellen, Calif., of uremic poisoning.







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