“Kalaupapa Is Us: The Kalaupapa Community in 2002-2005” describes life in the Kalaupapa Settlement for Hansenʻs disease patients and its history. The community is divided among three groups—the patients, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health workers who serve them, and the National Park Service staff who care for the area.
The authors went to Kalaupapa in 2001 to study the tiny community of Kalaupapa, sited on a peninsula that juts out from the base of the cliff that forms the north shore of Molokaʻi Island, Hawaiʻi. It was created in the 19th century by the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi as a place to exile those with Hansenʻs disease (leprosy). In 1969 the Hansenʻs disease patients were given freedom to leave, but many of them chose to stay. In 1980, Kalaupapa was made a national park. to carry out an ethnographic study for the National Park Service. The book describes the community during the years 2002-2005: the culture of Kalaupapa and the relations between the three segments of the community. It shows how patient culture resulted from the experience of Hansenʻs disease and incarceration at Kalaupapa. (130 pp.)
Chapter 1. Introduction (research process)
Chapter 2. Kalaupapa History
Chapter 3. The Community.
Chapter 4. Kalaupapa Culture
Chapter 5. The Landscape of Kalaupapa (peoplesʻ memories of landscape elements)
Chapter 6. Conclusion. Kalaupapa and Its Future
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