The work of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa was presented to educators on Molokai yesterday to help inspire them, and local students, about the significance of Kalaupapa.
The presentation, at the Molokai campus of the University of Hawaii-Maui College, focused on information on display at the historical exhibit gathered from letters, newspaper articles and documents originally written in Hawaiian by the people of Kalaupapa. According to Valerie Monson, coordinator for Ka ‘Ohana, these artifacts changed how we look at the history of Kalaupapa. They also shed light on the work the ‘Ohana has been doing in reconnecting descendants to their ancestors at Kalaupapa.
The presentation was shown at St. Damien Church on Jan. 10 with 75 people in attendance. The exhibit had been displayed at St. Damien Church and also at the Makahiki Games before moving to the Molokai High School library last week.
“We’re very excited that we have been able to share the exhibit at some different venues,” said Monson.
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa is a nonprofit organization, established in 2003, made up of Kalaupapa residents, family members, descendants and longtime friends of the community. Its mission is to advocate for the community, develop educational programs and work to preserve this important history. The ‘Ohana’s website www.kalaupapaohana.org offers more information on Kalaupapa and its history.