• View of the Kalaupapa Peninsula

    Kalaupapa

    National Historical Park Hawai'i

Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground

When Hansen's disease (leprosy) was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. 

Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa. Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now refuge for the few remaining residents who are now cured, but were forced to live their lives in isolation.

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Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk seals are endangered and extremely rare. Most reside in the Northwest Islands of Hawaii. Several pups are born each year on the secluded beaches of the Kalaupapa peninsula. More...