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KALAWAO, Hawaii (KHON2) — Beginning in the late 1800s, thousands of men, women and children were removed from the communities that they knew, from parents, spouses, children and siblings because of policies related to leprosy. Those individuals were sent to Kalaupapa, isolated on a difficult to reach peninsula on the northern coast of Moloka’i.

Decades later a dream formed in the minds of remaining Kalaupapa residents–to establish a memorial as a “place of healing and pride for descendants,” as quoted from the Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa website.