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.
A Few Panoramic Scenes Around Kalaupapa
What's it like here? One way to see for yourself is to stand in one place and slowly turn around, taking in all of the view. These images can do that for you. Click the image or the text link to experience these places.
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St. Philomena Church Interior
Take a look at the interior of the restored St. Philomena Catholic Church where the people of Kalawao worshipped. Father Damien was the priest here for 17 years.
Near the top of Kauhako Crater are several graves, thought to be associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the turn of the century. There also stands a large cross erected by the Lions Club. The view is stunning, with the community of Kalaupapa below, the cliffs behind and the Pacific Ocean surrounding the peninsula.
The land near Kahiu Point is flat and windy. Lantana, an introduced plant, grows low in the constant ocean wind. Walls built by the Hawaiians are here and stretch back towards the cliffs in the distance. Though near the airport, there is a strong sense of isolation. View panorama from near the lighthouse.
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Did You Know?
The Kalaupapa peninsula and nearby valleys are extremely rich in archeological resources. Most of the sites are intact and very well preserved due to the lack of development as seen on other neighboring islands.