Photo Essay: Kalaupapa Memories, Molokai, Hawaii

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Bernard Punikaia on the steps of Hale Mohalu for the first time after its demolition, Pearl City, Oahu, 1985.

Some of the residents became politically engaged in community issues, protesting the planned demolition of Hale Mohalu, an Oahu residential treatment facility where Hansen's Disease patients received dialysis and other specialized services. The protests were ultimately unsucessful, but Punikaia would go on to lead efforts to build a senior citizens’ housing complex on that site.
 

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