Kalaupap Peninsula and Kalawao County news, articles, and stories.

Celebrating Kalaupapa Month

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Community Contributed

Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

You may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL from these pages for the past several weeks. The reason is that my computer died a sudden and unexpected death several weeks ago, perhaps as a result of the acidity of my writings. So, last week, I spent several hours in Honolulu (make that several days) under the tutelage of our man, Bill Pimental, learning computer. Power to the Portuguese! Bill gave me a crash course on how to use my new computer as well as my new Apple smart phone. He was very patient with me, seeing that I am not the brightest bulb in the room.…

Remember Kalaupapa This Month

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Remember Kalaupapa This Month

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

On Jan. 6, 156 years ago, 12 people were sent to Kalaupapa as the first of an estimated 8,000 exiled there because of the government’s policies for those diagnosed with Hansen’s disease. The nine men and three women, along with those who followed, were forcibly taken from their family members, many of whom they would never again be able to see. 

Last June, Gov. Ige signed into law a bill that designates January as Kalaupapa Month in Hawaii, serving as “an annual reminder of the importance of Kalaupapa and the significant sacrifices and contributions of its residents throughout the history of Hawaii,” the bill reads.…

Soul of Compassion

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

Community Contributed

Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

At a recent convocation, the speaker told a story about two Irish priests who were out for a stroll one day in the Irish countryside. They came to the River Shiven and there standing on the riverbank, looking across the shimmering water, was a lovely young woman. She had long golden hair and a figure like an hourglass. It was clear to the two priests that she wished to cross the shallow river but she did not want to get her dress wet. So, one priest said to the other, “The compassionate thing to do would be to carry her across.”…

Mahalo for the Meal

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

On behalf of the Kalaupapa community, I wish to say a big mahalo to Brian Kamimoto and Scott Pires of the Department of Transportation for the delicious Thanksgiving chicken dinner from Costco that they provided for us on Nov. 17.  Thank you and God bless you.

Father Pat Killilea ss.cc.…

Passing The Baton in Kalaupapa

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

I have lost a step or two since my high school running days 60 years ago, but I still enjoy watching track and field on television. I particularly like to watch the relay races where the first runner takes a stick (baton), takes off like a bat out of hell, passes the baton to a team mate, who in turn passes it on to another team mate, who passes it on to a fourth, who sprints to an exciting finish, baton in hand. This is no easy feat as disaster can happen in an exchange and the baton is dropped.…

Thank You, Mokulele

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Greetings from Kalaupapa! On behalf of the Kalaupapa community, I wish to offer a special mahalo to the officers of Mokulele Airlines  who provided us with a special lunch/dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 22. It was most filling and delicious. I personally enjoy free lunches and dinners. So please feel free to gift us any time you wish. Go raibh mile maith agaibh. (Mahalo nui loa).


Father Pat Killilea ss.cc.

St. Francis, Kalaupapa.…

Mahalo Mokulele

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

A big mahalo to Mokulele Airlines, Richard Schuman, Donna T. and two pilots who went out of their way at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 24, to have a special flight to bring two staff from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa and pick up eight staff going to topside.  Weather and other problems delayed or cancelled flights, but the 10 staff were able to be with their ‘ohana for the weekend. Mahalo.

S Alicia Damien Lau


Kalaupapa Barge Day

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Kalaupapa Barge Day

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

Kalaupapa’s once a year barge arrived at the peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 11 bringing nonperishable food, gas, equipment, building supplies, vehicles and other essentials to the remote settlement. Rose Hartman captured this photo of the barge’s approach to Kalaupapa along the cliffs on her flight from Honolulu to Molokai via Kalaupapa. …

A Day To Remember

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Community Contributed 

A Day to Remember

By Father Pat Killilia, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

Sept. 11 dawned bright and breezy. At 7 a.m. there was no sign of the “expected coming” except for the tug boat moored in anticipation in the inner harbor. By 8 a.m., there was still no sight on the water of the long awaited one. I thought to myself, what if it has been hijacked and we have another remake of the Mutiny on the Bounty. Finally, at about 9 a.m., Glauco, the Aquaman, motioned to the horizon, far to the right. There it sat like a huge snail on the ocean surface.…

A Time to Remember

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Community Contributed

Opinion by Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

I threw on my Savers dark dustcoat, stepped out into the rain, and headed for my Paddy Wagon. I must have looked like Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday on the way to the O.K. Corral that morning, but I was not heading to a corral, not even the mule corral. By this date the topside Molokai mules had been “on furlough” since the bridge on the Kalaupapa trail had collapsed at Christmas due to a landslide. This was before the pandemic and I was actually on my way to our Kalaupapa “International” Airport to meet Bishop Larry and his 26 pilgrims.…