|The Kalaupapa Names Project
Thanks to the work of ‘Ohana historian Anwei Law, the Kalaupapa Names Project database now includes more than 7,000 names of individuals who were sent to Kalaupapa between 1866 and 1930. All of these names are available in the public domain and will become the centerpiece of the Kalaupapa Memorial, but we are already using this information to help families learn more about their Kalaupapa ancestors. ‘Ohana leader Pauline Puahala Hess, who has been assisting with the project, has compiled nearly 1,000 marriage records of couples who wed at Kalawao or Kalaupapa between 1900 and 1930. Pauline is now at work on the records of children born at Kalaupapa. The ‘Ohana also has 4,500 death records in our digital library.
|Service Learning Project with Kapiolani Community College
Hawaiian language students at Kapiolani Community College have joined with the ‘Ohana in a unique endeavor aimed at further bringing back the voices of the early residents of Kalaupapa. The students have been scanning letters from Board of Health files that were written from Kalaupapa beginning in 1866 – as might be expected, many of these letters were written in Hawaiian. The students are noting the subject matter of each letter scanned as well as the names of the sender and recipient. At a later date, the ‘Ohana will prioritize the letters for full translation. This project helps students learn how to use primary resource materials while increasing our knowledge of the early history of Kalaupapa.