Pacific Historic Parks is proud to provide funding and support to the National Park Service for the celebration of the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope, to be held on January 21, 2012 at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Saint Marianne, who was canonized at the end of July 2012, worked and lived in Kalaupapa for 30 years. She managed the Home for Boys at Kalawao, established the Bishop Home for women and girls at Kalaupapa, and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the patients she served.
Kalaupapa residents and invited guests will commemorate the life and memory of Molokai’s newest saint with a mass, hula and other activities.
Paschoal Hall served as a gathering place for Kalaupapa residents, a space where patients could watch movies, attend dances, and socialize. The hall was recently restored and reopened at the end of October 2012.
Pacific Historic Parks provided funding for the new permanent exhibits on display in Paschoal Hall. These exhibits help visitors better understand the story of Kalaupapa, the role of Paschoal Hall in the community, and the patients who reside there.
An estimated 8,000 individuals lived and died on Kalaupapa Peninsula, but only 1,500 grave markers exist to chronicle their lives. An ongoing National Park Service program, funded in part by Pacific Historic Parks, works to protect, preserve, and maintain cemetery and burial sites throughout Kalaupapa and Kalawao.