Hawaiian people lived in this special place for 900 years. Age-old rock walls and rock house platforms speak to the generations of Hawaiian families who made the Kalaupapa Peninsula their home. Living within traditional ahupua`a, or land divisions, Hawaiians managed the land and its bounty to sustain life. Isolated from other humans by almost 2,400 miles of ocean, and from the first Polynesian arrivals by thousands of years, people on Moloka`i and throughout the Hawaiian Islands developed a shared, distinct cultural community.
Did You Know?
The oldest building in the Kalaupapa Settlement is the Old Stone Church built in 1853. The thick masonry walls are made of lava rock with coral lime mortar. The structure is now being used as the National Park Service Ranger Station.