Credit: NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program
Kalaupapa and Kalawao Settlements, Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Historic tombs, constructed primarily from lava rock and lime mortar made from corals, are common across the peninsula. This image features tombs at the Siloama Churchyard. Over the decades many of these tombs have begun to deteriorate and collapse.
The National Park Service has implemented a program to restore these historic graves using exact or closely reproduced materials. In 2013, approximately nine tombs around the historic church were completely restored through the efforts and skills of the park’s Historic Preservation staff. These efforts and park's grave marker preservation program were recently honored with a preservation award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation in May 2014.
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