Photo Credit: Kalaupapa National Historical Park Website, 2016 

 Kalaupapa ​Facts

Photo credits: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities

1865 - King Kamhehameha V and the Legislative Assembly of the Hawaiian Islands signed an “Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy”.

January 6, 1866 –
Establishment of Leprosy Colony in Kalawao county for the care and treatment of those afflicted with the disease. The first 12, nine men and 4 women arrive in Kalawao.

1873 –
Father Damien De Veuster arrives in Kalawao/Kalaupapa.

1889 –
Father Damien De Veuster dies in Kalaupapa at the age of 49, after succumbing to Leprosy himself.

1976 –
Kalaupapa is designated a National Historic Landmark.

1980 – Kalaupapa National Historical Park is established. 


2009 - Father Damien is canonized as St. Damien De Veuster. 


2012 - Mother Marianne Cope is canonized as St. Marianne Cope.

Leprosy – “Affects the nerves, skin, upper respiratory tract, and eyes, often causing changes in one’s physical appearance and permanent damage if left untreated” (Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground. (2013). Kalaupapa National Historical Park Hawaii. Pamphlet.

100 – The amount of visitor’s allowed into the Kalaupapa peninsula daily.