Kalaupapa (photos) is a flat peninsula extending into the ocean on the north side of Molokai. It sits in the shadows of the pali, the sea cliffs that soar up to 2,000 feet above sea level along the north side of the island, said to be the highest sea cliffs in the world. Kalaupapa is a National Historical Park due to the fact that from 1866 until 1969, people from Hawaii who were afflicted with Hansen’s disease or leprosy, were isolated here.
We arrived into Molokai on Monday, October 1, 2012. We’re staying in one of the condos called Molokai Shores which is located just 1 1/4 miles east of the main town of Kaunakakai. The photo below was taken from the patio of our first floor condo. (The island you can see off shore is Lanai.) There are about 100 units here. We’ve met several nice people staying here, many of which own one of the condos that they occupy part time, during the mainland winter months. They invited us to take part in their weekly “pot luck” dinner that they hold every Wednesday just before sundown at the picnic tables you can see in the photo.