The Story Behind These Ghost Town Cemeteries In Hawaii Will Chill You To The Bone
By Megan Shute|Published April 30, 2018
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
The Hawaiian Islands are steeped in history, from the first Europeans visiting the islands in 1778 and the establishment of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795 to Hawaii’s admittance to the United States of America in 1959. But not all of Hawaiian history is remembered fondly, as is the case with Molokai’s leper colonies, where hundreds of individuals with the chronic infection were forced into isolated quarantine for more than one hundred years.
Though the Kalaupapa and Kalawao might not technically be classified as ghost towns, the county in which these former leper colonies are located is the least populated county in the entire United States, and that’s certainly saying something. And the cemeteries you’ll find here? Well, you’ll just have to read on to learn about the heartbreak that took place here.