KALAUPAPA, MOLOKA’I: ENDURING SPIRIT, SACRED GROUND

Aloha ea!

    When Hansen’s disease ( leprosy ) was introduced in the 1800’s to the little kingdom of Hawai’i, in an attempt to control its spread, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted individuals to an isolated peninsula on the rugged northern coast of the island of Moloka’i.  Men, women and children were forcibly removed from their homes and families and cast upon the rocky shore of Kalaupapa.  Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa.  Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now a refuge for the few remaining residents who, although cured, continue to live their lives in remote isolation.

    KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK supports education concerning Hansen’s disease, an affliction that has been shrouded in fear and ignorance for over one hundred years, and is dedicated to preserving the memories and experiences of those people who were, against their will, exiled to Kalaupapa.  Established over thirty years ago on December 22, 1980, the Park’s mission is to provide a well-maintained community that insures that the present patient-residents of the Kalaupapa Settlement may live out their lives peacefully and comfortably.  

    At 1:00 pm., on Saturday, JANUARY  21, 2017, at the AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM,  we are fortunate to have a very special “Just Talking Story ” presentation given by Aurora History Museum Curator, Mr. T. SCOTT WILLIAMS, who will provide a brief history of Kalaupapa and will share some his experiences there while serving as Museum Curator for the National Park Service at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.  Mr. Williams, an avid photographer, will also debut Fred E. Woods’ just released book, “REFLECTIONS OF MOLOKA’I’, for which he contributed many of the book’s photographic images.                                 Please feel free to bring mo’opuna and kupuna alike to this historically important and informative event. Aloha to everyone and we hope to see you all there at the Aurora History Museum, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Directions to the AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM

    *  Take I-25 Or I-70 to I-225

    *  Get Off On The ALAMEDA PARKWAY EXIT And Head EAST Past         The AURORA MALL

    *  Cross SABLE BLVD. And Turn Left At The AURORA PUBLIC 

        LIBRARY

    *  Park Close To The AURORA MUNICIPAL BUILDING

    *  The AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM Is The Low Building To The 

        Left Of The

        AURORA MUNICIPAL BUILDING Across The Grassy Field Next

        To The Parking Lot

    *  AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM

       15051 E. ALAMEDA PARKWAY

        AURORA, COLORADO  80012