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The Conversation: Revisiting Kalaupapa

  • Kehaulani Lum, a board member of Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa, talks about her connection to three residents of the settlement, and the fundraising effort for a memorial to honor those who lived there | Full Article
  • Sister Alicia and Sister Barbara Jean, two of the last nuns living in Kalaupapa, shared memories of their life there, and their excitement over getting the COVID vaccination
  • Nurse and harpist Ruth Freedman discusses the impact of music therapy on Kalaupapa residents
  • HPR's Noe Tanigawa re-introduces us to Makia Malo, the late settlement resident who was also an award-winning writer, storyteller, and educator.
  • Historian and author John Clark talks about the parallels of those living in the remote settlement with our seclusion due to Covid today.
  • Gardeners Kapono Ryan and Julian Lipsher share how the chaulmoogra tree and the efforts of University of Hawaiʻi chemist Alice Ball found a treatment for Hansen's Disease.
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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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