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Kalaupapa

Trip Planner USA  /  Hawaii  /  Molokai  /  Kalaupapa
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Things to do: nature, religious sites
Kalaupapa is a small unincorporated community on the island of Molokai in the U.S. state of Hawaii, within Kalawao County. They have an active post office with a zip code of 96742.The village is located on the Kalaupapa Peninsula at the base of some of the highest sea cliffs in the world, dropping over 2000ft to the Pacific Ocean.Leprosy settlementThe village is the site of a former settlement for leprosy patients. The original leper colony was first established in Kalawao in the east, opposite to the village corner of the peninsula. It was there where Father Damien settled in 1873. Later it was moved to the location of the current village, which was originally a Hawaiian fishing village. The settlement was also attended by Mother Marianne Cope, among others. At its peak, about 1,200 men, women, and children were in exile in this island prison. The isolation law was enacted by King Kamehameha V and remained in effect until 1969, when it was finally repealed. Today, about fourteen former sufferers of leprosy (which is also known as Hansen's Disease) continue to live there. The colony is now part of Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
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