Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
Board of Directors
Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa
Pauline Ahulau Chow
Pauline Ka‘iulani Hess
Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, OSF
Coordinator and Secretary
Bernard K. Punikai‘a
Honorary Chairman of the Board,
Our masthead was designed
by Kalaupapa artist
Yellowbird Graphic Design
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
P.O. Box 1111
Kalaupapa, Hawai‘i 96742
|‘Ohana President Boogie Kahilihiwa greets the crowd at the 2011 ‘Ohana annual meeting at Kalaupapa. Photo by Wayne Levin
Aloha Mai, Aloha Mai Kakou!
Kalawao is where the first settlement was established back in 1866 on the Makanalua peninsula that we know as Kalaupapa. Across the road from St. Philomena Church is the area where the “Home for Boys” was located. It was called “The Baldwin Home for Boys” and was a place where many single men and boys found refuge.
The buildings of the Baldwin Home have long been gone and the open space is now a quiet place beneath the cliffs where you can hear the birds, see the ocean and think of those who were here before us. In this area, Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa will construct a Memorial. This Memorial will honor the memories and legacies of our people who are a part of this sacred ground. The hardest and most agonizing part for our people was the pain of separation from our loved ones; we were taken from our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children. In spite of all the hardships and suffering, people sent to Kalaupapa tried to make a life for themselves however they could.
The Memorial will be a reminder, a beacon of hope to all people, present and future generations:
NEVER AGAIN MUST WE ALLOW IGNORANCE AND INJUSTICE TO PREVAIL.
The Memorial means a lot to me. It signifies the stories, the legacy, the dignity of all of our people, many who no longer have headstones. All of our people will now have their names on the Memorial for perpetuity and their families will know that they were part of Kalaupapa.
I hope you will all become part of our effort to bring the Kalaupapa Memorial to life. The Memorial will live on in the descendants who carry with them the mana of their Kalaupapa ancestors.
When you see all the names on the Memorial, it will be like everyone is standing right in front of you. It will bring tears to my eyes.
— Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa, President, Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
Are you looking for an ancestor at Kalaupapa?
The ‘Ohana wants to hear from you so we can help. Hopefully, we can provide information that should get you on the path to finding any ancestors you might have had at Kalaupapa. The ‘Ohana believes that the descendents of Kalaupapa will eventually become one of our organization’s greatest strengths.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us help you bring home your Kalaupapa ancestors. They are not lost. . . they are waiting for you.