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Oct 10, 2011 - Molokai - Oct 10

October 10, 2011 Today was the main reason we had come to Molokai. A while back, we’d purchased a US National Parks passport book and at each national park you could get a stamp to show you had visited it. In Hawai’i we had visited all of the national parks and got stamps except one so once we knew we were coming back to Hawai’i we thought we would try and visit the final one. We once again met with Cheryl for breakfast and once again were spoilt with lovely fruit and more home-cooked delights, this time a cottage cheese pancake with...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Molokai - Oct 7-9

October 7, 2011 This afternoon we were heading out of Oahu and taking a short flight to Molokai. We were grateful of the midday checkout as we were able to get up slowly, take our time and enjoy the last few moments of air con! We checked out and hung down around the hotel lobby while we waited for our bus. We’d had food in the room which we’d eaten for breakfast and we weren’t hungry so we decided to wait until we got to the airport, or even Molokai, for lunch/dinner. By the time our airport shuttle came at 1.15pm we were both getting...

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May 6, 2011 - Flying Back in Time

Today was an event we’d been looking forward to, as we’d booked a flight tour to the remote and isolated town of Kalaupapa, a peninsula on the north side of Molokai that is unfortunately best known for its history of being a leper colony. During the second half of the 19th century persons afflicted with the highly infectious disease of leprosy (now called “Hansen’s disease”) were exiled to this remote location -- sometimes separated from their families with virtually no notice and no choice. The location was selected because it is a small...

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Exploring Molokai

Nov 5, 2006 - off the grid in Molokai

Molokai is about 90 minutes by ferry from Maui. The ferry schedule is determined by the work schedule of the folks who live on Molokai and work in Maui. That meant we had to get up and drive for an hour before boarding the 7:15am ferry that brought these folks to town for their jobs. Only on vacation do we get up so early! At the dock we rented a car and drove all but one of the roads on the island by 3:30 when the ferry left to pick up the working people and bring them home again. We drove about 115 miles altogether. The tour company gave...

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Sep 2, 2004 - KALAUPAPA - Lessons from a Biblical Horror

"They were strangers to each other, collected by common calamity, disfigured, mortally sick, banished without sin from home and friends. --- Robert Louis Stevenson In 1835, the first case of Leprosy was diagnosed in Hawaii. By 1865, numbers of people with the disease had increased, and the King signed into act a law that banished people to this peninsula. People were taken to the east side of the peninsula, where they were left with the other patients, then called "lepers". Although only one of many diseases which decimated the Hawaiian...

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