The Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit, "A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future," on display at Kaua`i Community College. The photo exhi bit is on display at The Molokai Museum & Cultural Center near Kalae on upper Molokai. Photo: Wayne Levin.
Originally designed to complement the Kalaupapa Schools Outreach Program developed by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, two traveling exhibits have become popular with local museums, libraries and other public places as well as schools.
The exhibits have been traveling around Hawai‘i since 2011. They have been displayed on every island. Both exhibits have been presented with Preservation Media Awards by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.
“A Reflection of Kalaupapa:
Past, Present and Future”
consists of 100 framed photographs of the people of Kalaupapa, their family members and landmarks. Captions include quotations from those in the photos and other information. Most of the photographs are by acclaimed photographer Wayne Levin who began taking pictures at Kalaupapa in 1984 and has been involved with Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa since our founding meeting in 2003.
After traveling to every island and Kalaupapa, this exhibit has found a semi-permanent home at the Molokai Museum & Cultural Center where it has been on display since 2014. Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa long envisioned having a presence on upper Molokai so the partnership with the museum provide to be the ideal opportunity.
The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for students. Call 808-567-6436 for more information.
“A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,”
is a historical exhibit that explores the strong relationship between the people of Kalaupapa and the Royal Family of Hawai`i along with other chapters of the history often ignored.
This exahibit consists of 12 double-sided panels that stand about 5 ½ feet tall and are 3 ½ feet wide.
Each panel tells a story of its own with quotes, historical text or mele along with historical and modern-day photos.
This exhibit has proved to be so much in demand that Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa has two complete displays – one that travels around Oahu and the other that circulates around the Neighbor Islands.