Ka 'Ohana o Kalaupapa Memorial Project: Please Consider Supporting
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa is a nonprofit organized in 2003 at the request of the residents of Kalaupapa. Since that time, we have been advocating for the Kalaupapa community, developing educational programs for schools and the public and assisting family members in learning more about their Kalaupapa ancstors. In the past several years, we have helped more than 600 families reconnect to their Kalaupapa roots.
Our ‘Ohana Board has deep roots to Kalaupapa. Our President, Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa, and Vice President, Pauline Ahulau Chow, are much respected kupuna at Kalaupapa. Boogie and Pauline were both taken from their families because of government policies regarding leprosy. Most other Board Members are descendants of those sent to Kalaupapa.
The Kalaupapa Memorial is the biggest project of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. The Memorial will eventually list the names of all the estimated 8,000 people who were taken from their families and isolated at Kalaupapa. They ranged in age from 4 (a girl from Makawao) to 105 (a man from Kaupo).
Because fewer than 1,000 people have marked tombstones, the Memorial will return everyone to the history that they helped to create. It will also give descendants a place to find pride and healing.
About 2,000 of those names will be of residents who were living on Maui, Molokai or Lana`i when they were diagnosed with the disease and sent to Kalaupapa. Many of those individuals went on to live remarkable lives at Kalaupapa and served as leaders in various ways.
Father Damien and Mother Marianne also had connections to Kalaupapa. Father Damien got the call to serve at Kalaupapa when he was attending the dedication of St. Anthony Church in Wailuku in 1873. Mother Marianne helped open the first public hospital on Maui, Malulani Hospital, which was located very near St. Anthony. It was Mother Marianne who asked then-Princess Liliuokalani to name the hospital.
We have made considerable progress on plans for the Memorial in the past two years. Thanks to the grant of $100,000 from Maui County, Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa has created a Conceptual Design of the Memorial (see attached brochure) that has received enthusiastic support from all the residents of Kalaupapa who have seen it and others who strongly support the Memorial. The design was the product of an all-volunteer Design Team composed of Boogie Kahilihiwa, family members of Kalaupapa, cultural specialists and professionals in certain disciplines.
We are now beginning Phase II of Design and Planning that will involve steps to get the major fundraising campaign underway and develop the conceptual plan to the point of where we can begin construction of the Kalaupapa Memorial.
Phase II will involve, among other things, completing the survey of the Memorial site, conducting engineering studies, finalizing architectural drawings, costing out construction materials and completing negotiations with the construction company serving as project manager. We will also be refining our major fundraising campaign strategies to raise money for the construction of the Memorial and the establishment of an endowment fund to support the future management and care of the Memorial in perpetuity.
Our professionals estimate the next phase will cost $100,000. This amount will be supplemented, once again, by a great deal of pro bono work hours from our Design Team.
Our goal is to get 20 businesses/individuals/organizations to provide gifts of $5,000 each to complete this crucial phase of planning. These gifts are tax-deductible as the ‘Ohana is a 501-c-3 organization. Any donations are appreicated and can be given through the Hawaiian Way Fund. We receive 100% of your designation whether given online or by cash or credit card. Thank you for your consideration.
Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa Staff, Valerie Monson