Kalaupapa, Molokai

Kalaupapa Peninsula, Moloka’i

The Kalaupapa Peninsula stretches flatly into the Pacific, a stark contrast to the adjoining cliffs of Moloka’i’s north shore that are nearly vertical and some of the highest in the world at over 2000 feet. Heavy clouds edge the cliff side in an inversion layer, creating an artificial ceiling and dark shadows across the lush green hill and brilliant blue water.

Now part of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, this peninsula became famous when King Kamehameha V set it apart  in the 1860’s as an isolation ward for people with skin diseases like leprosy that were spreading throughout the kingdom. For many years, none dared visit the spot for fear of contracting disease. Recognizing the residents need for medical care and basic necessities, Father Damien, a Roman Catholic Priest from Belgium, joined the colony and provided help.

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About Rob DeCamp

I am a professional photographer living on Maui, in the State of Hawaii. I made my living shooting weddings, but now have shifted my energy to nature photography. What started as a hobby, has now become my passion. I love to explore nature, and capture the ever changing colors and shapes that I find. No matter how many times I go back to the same place, it never is the same. The lighting, the weather all change to give me a different feeling. I think that is what inspires me to keep shooting!