The Draft Environmental Assessment for The Kalaupapa Memorial is now available for review. Click to read The Draft Environmental Notice here.
The Draft EA, prepared by Munekiyo & Hiraga on behalf of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, describes plans for The Kalaupapa Memorial that will honor the estimated 8,000 people who were taken from their families and sent to the Kalaupapa peninsula because of government policies regarding leprosy (also called Hansen’s disease).
At the request of the Kalaupapa community, the Memorial will be located on grounds of the former Baldwin Home for Men and Boys across from St. Philomena Church. This group home was abandoned in 1932. Since then the physical condition of the site has been significantly compromised. Subsequent to its closing, the buildings were burned by the government and the land later bulldozed. Encroaching invasive vegetation continues to compromise the integrity the vacant site’s archaeological and cultural resources.
The Memorial will list the names of everyone sent to Kalaupapa. Because only about 1,000 legible grave markers still remain, most of the names of those forcibly relocated to Kalaupapa are no longer part of the landscape. The Memorial will return all these names to the history that they helped to create.
The design of the Memorial will consist of the Memorial structure, which will be located on less than a quarter of an acre and an access pathway. It will feature two interlocking circles. The larger, mauka circle represents the people who were sent to Kalaupapa – half of this circle will have the names engraved on slabs arranged in a half-moon shape. The smaller, makai circle represents the families who were left behind and future descendants. The area where the circles overlap embodies what Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa has been doing and continues to do: reconnecting the people of Kalaupapa with their families.
Any comments should be submitted by July 25, 2016. Submit comments to:
Division of State Parks
Department of Land and Natural Resources
PO Box 621
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96809
Valerie Monson, Coordinator
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
PO Box 1111
Kalaupapa, Hawai`i 96742
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