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Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Kalaupapa National Historical Park credits Share the Experience, Susan L Reames
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Black Sand Beach credits NPS Photo / T. Scott Williams
Black Sand Beach is one of several sandy beaches at Kalaupapa, most known for its sea turtle nesting habitat.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Kalawao at Sunrise credits NPS Photo / T. Scott Williams
Kalawao with its rocky shoreline was the landing spot for the first Hansens disease patients sent to Kalaupapa.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Archeological Sites at Kalaupapa credits Ricki Cooke
Kalaupapa is also home to one of the most well-preserved archeological complexes in all of Hawaii.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Kalaupapa Settlement credits NPS Photo / T. Scott Williams
Patients lived in a combination of group homes and single family residences at Kalaupapa.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Kalaupapa National Historical Park credits Share the Experience, Susan L Reames
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park Siloama Church at Kalawao credits NPS Photo / T. Scott Williams
Siloama Church was the first church established at Kalawao in 1866. It is one of two remaining buildings at Kalawao today.
KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
189 Kaiulani Street
Kalaupapa, Hawaii   96742
(lat:21.1924 lon:-156.9665)

Phone: 808-567-6802
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Two tragedies occurred on the Kalaupapa Peninsula on the north shore of the island of Molokai the first was the removal of indigenous people in 1865 and 1895, the second was the forced isolation of sick people to this remote place from 1866 until 1969. The removal of Hawaiians from where they had lived for 900 years cut the cultural ties and associations of generations of people with the aina land. The establishment of an isolation settlement, first at Kalawao and then at Kalaupapa, tore apart Hawaiian society as the kingdom, and subsequently, the territory of Hawaii tried to control a feared disease. The impact of broken connections with the aina and of family members lost to Kalaupapa are still felt in Hawaii today.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, established in 1980, contains the physical setting for these stories. Within its boundaries are the historic Hansen's disease settlements of Kalaupapa and Kalawao. The community of Kalaupapa, on the leeward side of Kalaupapa Peninsula, is still home for many surviving Hansen's disease patients, whose memories and experiences are cherished values. In Kalawao on the windward side of the peninsula are the churches of Siloama, established in 1866, and Saint Philomena, associated with the work of Father Damien Joseph De Veuster.


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Kalaupapa is an extremely isolated place, surrounded on three sides by ocean and two-thousand foot cliffs on the fourth. Consequently, there is no road access into the peninsula. Kalaupapa cannot be reached by automobile. To get to the park, visitors must travel by air, mule, or on foot. See the park's Direction and Transportation webpage for additional information.

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