Kalawao in Kalawao County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The Baldwin Home
In 1895 the home was named to honor its benefactor, Henry P. Baldwin of Maui. That same year four Brothers of the Sacred Heart arrived to care for the Baldwin Home residents. The home's residents remained here until December 24, 1932, when they were moved to the new Baldwin Home at Kalaupapa.
A Life of Service
Brother Joseph Dutton arrived in 1886 to work as a volunteer at the Kalawao settlement. A Civil War veteran seeking atonement for earlier sins, he lived a life of penance in service of his fellow man. Brother Dutton was devoted to the Baldwin Home boys and performed many medical and nursing duties: He also served as stonemason, architect, gardener, druggist, secretary and postmaster, and helped complete many of Father Damien's projects.
Brother Dutton's faithful correspondence kept the outside world well informed about life at
Captions (clockwise, from top left)
• The Baldwin Home at Kalawao, after 1895. [Followed by legend of numbered buildings in photograph]
• Brother Joseph Dutton in his office at the Baldwin Home, amid a collection of patriotic memorabilia. Part of his strict daily ritual included raising the flag in the morning and lowering it at dusk.
• “Even the boys in the still rude boy's home at Kalawao, appeared cheerful and youthful; they interchange diversions in the boys' way; are one week for football, and the next devotees of marbles or of kites; have fiddles, drums, guitars, and penny whistles …” — Robert Louis Stevenson, 1889
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1932.
Location. 21° 10.617′ N, 156° 56.906′ W. Marker is in Kalawao, Hawaii, in Kalawao County. Marker is on Damien Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is across the road from St. Philomena Church in Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kalaupapa HI 96742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. St. Philomena Church and Cemetery
Also see . . . Henry P Baldwin Home for Boys and Helpless Men. History and photographs of the facility by Peter T. Young for Images of Old Hawai'i, posted August 4, 2016. (Submitted on October 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 26, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 2. submitted on October 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 3. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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