A hugging & loving tree, wrapping its roots around the coffin of a leprosy patient from the 1800's
In the selection of Kalawao on the peninsula, as the site for its isolation of those with leprosy, the board of health noted that the tract of land was well suited for a place to send those inflicted throughout the Hawaiian islands with leprosy. The statement below was the authorities on Oahu’s rational of this remote location
"It is difficult to access from the sea; has no roads passing through it into other districts; is supplied with water by two running streams. These lands are situated on a peninsula, washed by the sea on three sides, and bounded by high precipices on the south, the only access being by a path cut into the Pali of 1800 ft elevation".
"There are many empty places in the church, but in the cemetery there is hardly room left to dig the graves" - Father Damien
"The other day I could not help but be annoyed because someone had started to dig a grave close to the big cross, right at the spot that I had reserved for myself a long time ago! By insisting , I kept my place vacant". - Father Damien
The beginning of our beautiful hike around the oldest hiking trails in all of Hawaii