Kalaupapa, Molokai

We traveled by mule down the steep slopes of Molokai to the town of Kalaupapa to shoot this story. Kalaupapa is most famous for being the place where people with Leprosy were exiled more than 100 years ago and where a Catholic priest named Father Damien settled to watch over them. To this day the small town gets few visitors so is still one of the most pristine places you can find in Hawaii. The only way to get access to the settlement is via boat, mule or small aircraft flying into the town’s equally small airport. The historical significance of this town is felt the most while visiting Father Damien’s church and the remains of the tiny enclave surrounding it. We interviewed Richard Marks, a longtime resident of the town and let him tell the story of Kalaupapa.

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