Sometimes referred to as the most Hawaiian island because nearly
45% of the estimated population of 8,000 are of Hawaiian decent.
If you are looking for Aloha and the old Hawaii,
Molokai is the place to find it. The island people are laid
back and friendly. You could find yourself on a long white sandy
beach and your footprints would be the only ones you see. There
isn’t much traffic on Molokai, there isn’t even a stop light
on the entire island.
has a well known reputation as a leprosy colony
of the past. Hansen's disease, the proper term for leprosy,
was known as Ma'i Pake, the “Chinese sickness” believed to have
spread to Hawaii from China.
The first documented case of leprosy occurred in 1835. Its rapid
spread and unknown cure precipitated the urgent need for complete
and total isolation. In 1866, the first leprosy victims were
shipped to Kalaupapa and existed for 7 years before Father Damien
are used to get to the formerly forbidden village of Kalaupapa,
now the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. You will
travel down 1,700 feet of spectacular sea cliffs to reach
your destination. The Guinness Book of World Records lists
these cliffs as the highest sea cliffs in the world.