Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Kalaupapa National Historical Park serves as place where visitors can honor the sacred memories of people who had Hansen's Disease.

The primary story being told at Kalaupapa National Historical Park is the forced isolation from 1866 until 1969 of people from Hawai'i afflicted with Hansen's Disease (leprosy) to the remote northern Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai.Situated on the leeward side of the peninsula, Kalaupapa Settlement is still home for several surviving Hansen's Disease patients whose memories and experiences are cherished values. Once a community in isolation, Kalaupapa now serves as a place for education and contemplation. The site became a national park in 1980 dedicated to preserving the memories and lessons of the past.

 

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