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Mo'okū'auhau-Kalaupapa 'Ohana Research

Location: CC 301

Mo'okū'auhau: A Lecture Series Aimed at Developing Genealogical Connections

Kalaupapa 'Ohana Research: Rekindling Connections on Makanalua Peninsula

This presentation will explore the history of the Makanalua peninsula (commonly known as Kalaupapa), where almost 8,000 individuals with Hansen's disease (leprosy) were sent to live in "quarantine" on the northern shore of the island of Molokai. Ka'ohulani McGuire, the cultural anthropologist at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, will focus on seeking and re-establishing familial ties that were once severed by this ma'i ho'oka'awale 'ohana. She will share resources and methods on how to find mo'okū'auhau relations to the settlement from its time as a Hansen's disease place of isolation, and will discuss the legacy of the Kalaupapa community.

About the presenter: Ka'ohulani McGuire graduated from UH Hilo with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Hawaiian Studies. She has extensive experience in cultural impact assessment and oral history work. As the cultural anthropologist at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, she is a prominent community member, acting as liaison between the patient community and the National Park Service and helping families connect with Kalaupapa and search for information on 'ohana who lived there.

For more information, contact: loorache@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7399

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