March 1911: Poi prohibition in Hawaii after cholera outbreak
ANALYSES OF POI SHOW, AS RULE, VERY POOR QUALITY V u , PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER, HONOLULU, SATURDAY, MARCH 1 WAITING FOR THEIR POI People in Kawaiahao grounds ready for the coming of Board of Health poi supplies. One of the most interesting reports j any way to this board. Then from . , . . . i. sueh a home these poi barrels, infected ratn lu tIU UUUMf 01 "l,uw'ua now with cholera germs bv dirtr tives during this session was that from E. A. Mott-Smith, Mott-Smith, Mott-Smith, president of the territorial territorial board of health, yesterday in regard to the analysis of poi and the danger in unsanitary handling of this staple article of diet for so many thousands. thousands. The report is in answer to a resolu- resolu- germs bv dirtr nanas, soiled water or flies, return to the little faetorv or ioi house, where they are not, and can not be, disinfected, but i are merely washed in water, thereby infecting the washing tank; they are then filled and go out again, still infected, infected, into some other home, while all other barrels now washed in this water or in the washing tank become infected also, and, as stated above, be- be- in securing their accustomed food. From the Kalihi poi factor, from which the sanitary poi is being distributed, distributed, three samples show the following following fine analyses, according to the analysis of Food Commissioner E. B. Blain-hard: Blain-hard: Blain-hard: First sample, sixty-five sixty-five sixty-five and a half per cent of water and thirty-four thirty-four thirty-four and a half per cent of solids; second sample, the same; third sample, sixty-one sixty-one sixty-one and seven-tenths seven-tenths seven-tenths per cent of water tion bv the house asking for informa- informa- j fame a menace to hundreds of the ., , . , humbler homes, thereby endangering tion, due to the closing of the poi shops thp HvM of many of citizen lt in the city on account of the cholera is difficult to conceive a more danger-infection. danger-infection. danger-infection. At present the board of ous source of contagion or a more apt health is distributing free several tons an,i excellent conveyor than this, or tt on' that menaces so many homes at of poi every day to the poor Hawaii- Hawaii- oape Certainlv hv n0 other means, ex. ans, who might otherwise find difficulty cept by infecting Xuuanu Reservoir, could the disease become so widespread in so short a time. Because of its knowledge of these facts and because it knew what these facts meant to this community, and particularly to the poorer members of this community, this board decided to throttle this source of imminent and grave peril in the very beginning, and thus protect those humbler members of our city who. through lack of information, are most exposed to this danserous disease."