Active Bee Swarms on Pali Trail
Bee hives and swarms have been observed in the vicinity of switchback 26 on the Pali (cliff) Trail. Additional hives may be along the trail. Hikers should be observant of their surroundings and exercise caution.
Hansen's Disease (Leprosy)
It was one of the most dreaded of diseases. It disfigured its sufferers almost beyond recognition. It was a scourge of humankind for thousands of years, and was considered incurable. Because of fear of contagion and the belief that leprosy was a punishment from God, victims throughout the centuries were removed from the “civilized” world, forced into isolation, and stigmatized for life.
Fearing further spread of the disease, the Kingdom of Hawai`i took action by authorizing the setting aside of land for confining leprosy patients. The police and district justices were required to arrest any persons suspected of having leprosy. In Honolulu, the Kalihi Hospital and Detention Station opened in November 1865 for initial evaluation and treatment. People with advanced cases of the disease were sent to the remote, isolated north shore of Moloka`i.
How was a treatment found? Read about the hard work that led to the control of Hansen's disease.
Did You Know?
On December 23, 1866, 35 people gathered together to organize the congregation of Siloama and establish the first church at Kalawao. Siloama means "Church of the Healing Spring". The protestant church structure was dedicated in 1871 and rebuilt in 1966.