Visit a Sacred PeninsulaO‘ahu
The tiny community of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka‘i is widely known as the site of Hawai‘i’s former leprosy colony. The first leprosy patients were shipped to Kalaupapa in early 1866; seven years later, in 1873, a Catholic missionary priest from Belgium by the name of Father Damien de Veuster arrived and served the island’s patients until his death from the disease in 1889. Another revered servant, Mother Marianne Cope, devoted 29 years on the peninsula as an administrator, nurse and educator.
Father Damien became Saint Damien October 11, 2009, and Saint Marianne followed suit October 21, 2012. They are the only two saints from Hawai‘i, and only the tenth and eleventh people, respectively, from the United States to be honored as such by the Catholic Church.
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NOTE: While Kalaupapa is a National Historic Park, it also is home to a few former patients. Public access is, by law, strictly regulated.
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