- Posted August 11, 2013 by
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Kalaupapa Peninsula, Molokai, Hawaii
Molokai, Hawaii is the 5th largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Of the five largest islands, it is the least commercialized. most natural, and embraces the most authentic Hawaiian culture. The Kalaupapa Peninsula was the site of a former settlement for leprosy patients. Today, it is a beautiful tourist site, although about fourteen former sufferers of leprosy (which is also known as Hansen's Disease) continue to live there. The colony is now part of Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Notice in the picture the lighthouse called the Molokai Light, also known as U.S. Coast Guard Molokai Light, on the island of Molokai. It was built in 1909 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. This picture was taken from the Kalaupapa Overlook, which is a National Historical Park and one of the highest sea cliffs in the world; perched more than 1500 feet (450m) above the ocean.