Do people still live on Molokai?

Kalaupapa, on the island of Molokai, is Hawaii's leprosy colony, where 8,000 people were sent into exile over the course of a century. Six of these patients still live sequestered, out of the 16 total patients who are still alive. They range in age from 73 to 92.
A.

What is the population of the island of Molokai?

7,404
2000
  • Is Kahoolawe inhabited?

    Kahoolawe, Hawaiian Kaho'olawe, volcanic island, Maui county, Hawaii, U.S. It lies 6 miles (10 km) off the southwestern shore of Maui island, from which it is separated by the Alalakeiki Channel. Archaeological evidence reveals that the island was inhabited for more than 1,000 years, but it is now uninhabited.
  • How long and wide is Molokai?

    Welcome to Molokai. Hawaii's fifth largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point and is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef.
  • How do you get leprosy?

    Leprosy spreads through contact with the mucus of an infected person. This usually occurs when the infected person sneezes or coughs. The disease isn't highly contagious. Close, repeated contact with an untreated person can lead to contracting leprosy.
B.

How did leprosy get to Hawaii?

The remote Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai housed a settlement for Leprosy patients from 1866 to 1969. When it was closed, many residents chose to remain. Photos: Over the years, more than 8,000 leprosy patients lived on the settlement.
  • Where is leprosy found in the world?

    Leprosy can affect people of all races all around the world. However, it is most common in warm, wet areas in the tropics and subtropics. Worldwide prevalence is reported to be around 5.5 million, with 80% of these cases found in 5 countries: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Brazil and Nigeria.
  • What is leprosy and what does it do?

    (Hansen Disease; Hansen's Disease) Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. It results in damage primarily to the peripheral nerves (the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord), skin, testes, eyes, and mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
  • Which island to visit in Hawaii?

    Which Hawaii Island to Visit?
    • Kauai - The Garden Isle. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty.
    • Maui - The Valley Isle. The second-largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world.
    • Big Island of Hawaii - The Orchid Isle.
    • Oahu - The Gathering Place.
C.

How long and wide is Molokai?

Welcome to Molokai. Hawaii's fifth largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point and is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef.
  • Is Kahoolawe inhabited?

    Kahoolawe, Hawaiian Kaho'olawe, volcanic island, Maui county, Hawaii, U.S. It lies 6 miles (10 km) off the southwestern shore of Maui island, from which it is separated by the Alalakeiki Channel. Archaeological evidence reveals that the island was inhabited for more than 1,000 years, but it is now uninhabited.
  • How long and wide is Molokai?

    Welcome to Molokai. Hawaii's fifth largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point and is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef.
  • What animals can give you leprosy?

    Armadillos are known to carry leprosy—in fact, they are the only wild animals other than humans upon which the picky M. leprae can stand to live—and scientists suspected that these anomalous cases were due to contact with the little armored tootsie rolls.

Updated: 26th October 2019

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