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?
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.