In 2022, January was officially declared Kalaupapa Month to pay tribute to the people and history of Kalaupapa. A number of important events occurred in January throughout the settlement’s history — including January 6, 1866, when the first 12 people affected by Hansen’s disease (aka leprosy) were sent to the peninsula. They were the first of nearly 8,000.
2024 Kalaupapa Month webinars
For January 2024, Ka ‘Ohana will be hosting two webinars and essays. Essays will be distributed electronically throughout January. Both webinars are narrated slide shows featuring historical and modern-day photos.
- Saturday, Jan. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. A webinar about how the Kalaupapa residents inspired organizing Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa and how they have led the effort to establish the Kalaupapa Memorial.
- Saturday, Jan. 27, 10-11:30 a.m., will take an in-depth look at the powerful Save Hale Mohalu Movement. This webinar includes 40-year-old television clips of when residents and supporters were arrested along with quotes from residents taken from interviews about why they took a stand.
- Anyone can sign up to attend the webinars and receive the essays at no charge by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- More info: Molokai Museum & Cultural Center | Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa (kalaupapaohana.org) and Kalaupapa Month | The Molokai Dispatch
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