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Repair of Bayview 6

Photo of Bayview 6 building propped up prior to repairs.
Bayview 6 building prior to repair.  That's right - park staff worked here while the porch and roof were supported with props.
NPS photo.

A recent major building rescue is Bayview 6. This building was constructed in 1917 and served as the dining hall for Bayview Home. The Kalaupapa settlement was organized into housing areas or "homes". Each home had dormitories, cottages, and a central kitchen & dining hall. Bayview 6 was the kitchen & dining hall for the Bayview Home.

Photo of damaged corner foundation of Building 6.

Detail of damage from age, weather and insects.

NPS photo.

After its use as the dining hall, Bayview 6 was used as an arts and crafts shop, an important physical therapy for the residents. The building was eventually transferred to the National Park Service and is now used for offices.

The repair project involves removal of the porch (or lanai in Hawaiian), repair of the concrete foundation posts, replacement of damaged beams and siding, and roof replacement.

Photo of current repairs on building Bayview 6

Bayview 6 being repaired.

Did You Know?

Brother Dutton with Patients

Brother Joseph Dutton went to Molokai in 1886 to assist Father Damien and worked among the patients for 44 years. He kept the world posted on Kalaupapa, so his address book contained over 4000 names and bags of mail delivered to him sometimes weighed as much as 50 pounds.