Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground
When Hansen's disease (leprosy) was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai.
Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa. Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now refuge for the few remaining residents who are now cured, but were forced to live their lives in isolation.
Did You Know?
There are fourteen cemeteries located at Kalaupapa reflecting both the religious and cultural affiliations of its residents: Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Buddhist, and Hawaiian. Inscriptions are in Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese and English.