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

The Pink Lady Goes Home: Remembering Elizabeth Kahihikolo

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Community Contributed


By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

The cortege left St. Francis Church grounds to the strains of an Elvis Presley song and headed up the hill past the movie house toward Staff Row. The procession was led by Kahohulani in her truck, bearing the casket containing the body of our friend and long-time resident, Elizabeth. We passed the burned-out site of the former state kitchen where she had enjoyed many a meal with her friends over the years. Then we passed McVeigh Hall where she had participated in many celebrations. Next we slowed down as we passed her house as well as that of her sister, Gertrude, where her sister had fed all the cats in the neighborhood.…

Bids For Kalaupapa’s Air Service

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

For residents of Kalaupapa, their airline is their lifeline. It’s the sole means of travel for patient residents — and for staff and visitors, landing at the isolated peninsula’s tiny airport is the only way to avoid the arduous three-mile hike up and down the pali trail. Federal funding supports the regularly-scheduled affordable flights currently provided by Makani Kai Air but the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy contract expires in May, and residents are concerned for the future.

Makani Kai has been serving Kalaupapa under the EAS subsidy with the support of the community since 2011. Now, two other airlines have submitted applications for Kalaupapa’s EAS contract awarded by the U.S.…

Kalaupapa Flight Concerns

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Community Contributed

By Richard Miller

Editor’s note: The Kalaupapa community is circulating a petition for their voice to be heard in the selection of the airline that serves the peninsula through the federally awarded Essential Air Service subsidy. Makani Kai currently provides affordable flights to Kalaupapa through the EAS, however residents are concerned that may soon change. For more information or to sign the petition, email kahuricharducc@gmail.com, adlau@sof.org or rjm2429@gmail.com.

The Kalaupapa peninsula is a remote triangular shaped area jutting out of the north shore of the Hawaiian Island of Molokai.  The peninsula is surrounded on two sides by ocean, and on the third by the highest sea cliffs in the world.…

Kalaupapa Raises Money for Storm Victims

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

By Rick Schonely and Richard Miller

The legacy of Kalaupapa, the very soul of Kalaupapa, is love and compassion.  In this community founded on adversity, offering a helping hand to one another to get through the tough times has always been a way of life that still continues today.  So it was only natural that in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes which struck the people in Texas and Florida, the folks in Kalaupapa looked for a way to help.

Noting that few things bring people together better than music and food, Richard Miller, pastor of Kana`ana Hou/Siloama Church in Kalaupapa, spearheaded a community effort to support those in need with donations garnered through a benefit show and pot luck. …

‘No Action’ Proposed for Kalaupapa Bombsite

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

From 1941 to 1946, the United States bombed an area measuring about 200 acres northeast of Kalaupapa peninsula. The latest proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an ongoing process to clear unexploded ordinance from the area is to pursue no further cleanup action in the land surrounding the actual bombing target.

Kalaupapa’s Makanalua Bombing Range is 937 acres. In the core of this area, 233 acres are designated as Target Area, where most of the bombs and artillery fell. The surrounding 704 acres are designated Remaining Lands.

“The [Remedial Investigation] recommended no further action for the Remaining Lands … which is the topic of the proposed plan for this evening,” said Army Corps Project Manager Lori Wong, during a public meeting at Mitchell Pauole Center on Aug.…

Kalaupapa Welcomes Hokule`a Home

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Kalaupapa Welcomes Hokule`a Home

Before tens of thousands flocked to Oahu’s Magic Island to greet Hokule`a after her historic, three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage last Saturday, the sailing canoe and her crew made a special stop.

The isolated Kalaupapa peninsula was the official last port of call on Hokule`a’s journey, and the community there provided a safe respite from her travels before the public homecoming celebrations.

“This canoe has traveled thousands of miles and weathered many storms,” said Miki`ala Pescaia, cultural practitioner who also works with the National Park Service in Kalaupapa. “She was beat and tired after her long sail up from Tahiti. Coming to rest in Kalaupapa was like having a quiet visit at Tutuʻs house.…

Lion Tamer Of Kalaupapa

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

Today, while preparing a homily, I read a story about a young man who was trying to get a job in a circus. He approached the circus manager, who decided to give the young man a chance to be the assistant lion tamer and took him to the lion’s cage. Now it so happened that the head lion tamer was a beautiful young woman who was just about to rehearse her act. She stepped into the cage, removed her cape with a grand flourish, revealing a gorgeous costume as well as a gorgeous figure, and gave a command to the lion.…

Retired NPS Worker Stays On as Pastor

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Retired NPS Worker Stays On as Pastor

Richard Miller retired from Kalaupapa National Historical Park at the end of last year but his service to that special community is not ending. He will remain in Kalaupapa, serving the community as pastor of Kana`ana Hou and Siloama Church, and volunteering for the Park.

After 25 years as a stonemasonry contractor, Miller joined the National Park Service in the year 2000, taking the position of park mason at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Transferring shortly thereafter to the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center, he worked with other artisans performing preservation treatment on historic structures at locations such as Castillio de San Marcos, Harper’s Ferry, the White House, and, for the last 13 years, Kalaupapa National Historical Park.…

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Kalaupapa Remembers Edwin Lelepali

By Rick Schonely, Staff reporter

A Kalaupapa legend Edwin “Uncle Pali” Lelepali passed away at the age of 88 on Feb. 7, 2016, and the Kalaupapa community celebrated his one year of passing earlier this month on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Kalaupapa. A service was held at Kana`ana Hou Church with Pastor Richard Miller and Charles Buck, Conference Minister of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, and along with many of his friends. Uncle Pali’s favorite music was played by the Kalaupapa Backyard Band and stories were shared by many. After the service and music, everyone headed to the grave site at Papaloa Cemetery for more beautiful words, music, hula and poetry.…

Boater Rescued Off Kalaupapa

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Boater Rescued Off Kalaupapa

A man in a homemade, 22-foot boat was rescued off Kalaupapa by the Coast Guard early last Friday morning, Feb. 17. The Coast Guard received a mayday call at 1:43 a.m. from the vessel’s 52-year-old occupant  — who remains unidentified by officials as of Sunday. At 3:08 a.m., the Coast Guard’s dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the mariner from his fiberglass vessel, the Harmony B.

With windy weather and 7-foot seas at the scene near the Kalaupapa lighthouse, the boat’s captain said he believed his anchor was no longer holding and was concerned that the weather conditions would push his vessel onto the nearby rocks, according to the Coast Guard.…