Kalaupapa exhibit to go on display at Windward Community College on Oahu

An exhibit on Kalaupapa titled “A Source of Light, Constant and Never Fading” will open Wednesday at Windward Community College on Oahu and run through February.

“A Source of Light, Constant and Never Fading,” a historical exhibit of the strong ties between Hawaii’s royal family and the people of Kalaupapa, will open Wednesday and run through late February at Windward Community College’s Hale La’akea Library Learning Commons on Oahu.

The exhibition of the 12 double-sided panel display was put together by the nonprofit Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, and features historical and modern photographs of the isolated Molokai peninsula where people with leprosy were sent. The exhibit also includes letters from the early residents of Kalaupapa, quotes from the alii and the people of Kalaupapa, mele and other historical events often left out of traditional histories.

Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa is a nonprofit organization founded by the residents of Kalaupapa, their family members/descendants and friends of the community. The ‘Ohana is dedicated to honoring and remembering each of the nearly 8,000 people who were taken from their families and isolated on the Kalaupapa peninsula due to government policies regarding leprosy.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Valerie Monson from the ‘Ohana will be introducing the exhibit at the opening reception, share the ‘Ohana’s mission and its current projects and give a walking tour of the exhibit. Relatives of Kalaupapa residents also have been invited. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

On Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in the library, Colette Higgins, dean of academic affairs at Windward Community College, will speak on “Three Queens & the People of Kalaupapa” and how three queens of Hawaii helped those who were sent to Kalaupapa.

For more information about the exhibit and upcoming related events, contact Cindy Texeira by phone at (808) 235-7430 or by email at ctex@hawaii.edu.


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