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Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa

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Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights

Mission: Ka ohana o kalaupapa, an ohana of kalaupapa patients, and their family members and friends, are dedicated to promoting the value and dignity of every individual exiled to kalaupapa since 1866. As an ohana, we cherish and look for guidance from our kupuna of kalaupapa and we believe in the values of aloha, lokahi, malama, kokua, and pono. The goal of the ohana is to ensure that the state and federal laws are carried out to guarantee that all patients can live out their lives in kalaupapa with all the necessary support and services. We will also work with and serve as a resource for other entities to help shape the communitys future, assist with the interpretation of history, educate the public and make certain that the legacy of kalaupapa will remain a living inspiration and testament for generations to come.

Programs: Education: ka 'ohana o kalaupapa continued efforts to provide educational opportunities to schools and the general public through our traveling historical exhibit that was displayed at kapiolani community college, kamehameha schools kapalama campus and the lyman museum. This exhibit was awarded a preservation media award by historic hawaii foundation. Our traveling photo exhibit was displayed at kaua`i community college, lana`i culture & heritage center, paschoal hall at kalaupapa and molokai museum & culture center. Public presentations or lectures to classes were given in conjunction with the exhibits. Educational materials were distributed to schools.

the restoration of family ties: the 'ohana helped more than 100 families learn more about their ancestors at kalaupapa through research done at no charge at the request of the descendants. Overnight visits to kalaupapa were arranged by the 'ohana for some of these family members who were able to feel the spirit of their ancestors, walk in their footsteps and, if possible, visit their final resting places. The 'ohana coordinated with kalaupapa board members on arrangements and then met the families at kalaupapa for a guided visit

securing a 65-year lease for the kalaupapa memorial: the land board of the department of land and natural resources approved a housekeeping measure that further supported a 65-year lease to ka 'ohana o kalaupapa of approximately 5. 9 acres where the kalaupapa memorial will be located.

advocacy: ka 'ohana o kalaupapa maintained close contact with the kaluapapa community and joined in efforts to advocate for the needs of the community. Fifth accomplishment - planning the design of the kalaupapa memorial the 'ohana began the planning phase to design the memorial by bringing together professionals who are offering their services pro-bono. An initial meeting was held in kalaupapa to meet with elders of the community as well as representatives of the national park service and the department of land and natural resources

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