On the fourth Sunday in January, we observe Kalaupapa Sunday, established in 2013 by Hawai‘i Conference UCC. January is also Kalaupapa Month, designated in 2021 by the Hawai‘i State Legislature to serve as an annual reminder of the importance of Kalaupapa and the significant sacrifices and contributions of its residents throughout the history of Hawai‘i.

Our media team created this short video (which was shared in some of our worship services) to give a very brief history of Kalaupapa and several reflections from friends who have connections to the sacred place where people with Hansen’s Disease were once exiled.

When we remember the history of Kalaupapa, may we also acknowledge the wisdom and hope that shone through those who found refuge there, and their resilience—in the face of exile—that led to beloved community.


Listen to interviews with Kalaupapa patients:

View “The Community of Kalaupapa” through photos:

Connect with Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, an ‘ohana of Kalaupapa residents, their family members and friends, dedicated to promoting the value and dignity of every individual forcibly relocated to Kalaupapa since 1866.