Those who gathered for the 2010 annual meeting of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa gave thanks for the opportunity to be together.

2010 Annual Meeting
The 2010 annual meeting of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa showed the strength of ‘ohana. Thirty-six ‘Ohana supporters came from elsewhere in Hawaii to attend the two-day workshop – 27 of them family members. It was the most family members brought together at one time in Kalaupapa by the ‘Ohana yet. They included two daughters and a son of those who were sent to Kalaupapa, a brother, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others who have pledged to carry on the legacies of their Kalaupapa kupuna.

The meeting featured the usual mix of intense discussions with emotional memories. The ‘Ohana also mapped out future hopes of working in collaboration with The National Park Service on interpretation and education programs.

Kealani Kupele Gillis (right), granddaughter of Kalaupapa leader David Kupele, listens intently to the discussion with her daughter, Anuhea.

The National Park Service and the Hawaii Department of Health were invited to give updates and answer questions.

To keep everyone nourished, good meals were a must. The kitchen was once again run by DeGray Vanderbilt with the valuable assistance of Ivy Kahilihiwa and others who chipped in by helping to chop vegetables, cook a special dish or clean up.

Kalaupapa resident Makia Malo, a member of the Board of Directors of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, makes a point during the discussion. Monica Bacon listens.

Ivy Kahilihiwa, the kitchen magician, acknowledges the applause from the crowd showing their appreciation for all that she did in helping with meal preparations.

Sisters Monica Bacon (foreground) and Mara Chang, descendants of Kalaupapa leader
Ambrose Hutchison, brought
their rubber gloves to help
wash dishes.

Photos by Wayne Levin


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