Can you tour the leper colony on Molokai?

Can you tour the leper colony on Molokai?

When you come to the colony, you can only visit with a guided tour run by Damien Tours LLC. They will take you around the area in an old school bus while teaching you about the tragic past of this special place.

When did Damien go to Molokai?

In 1873 he learned of the need for priests to serve the 700 Hansen’s disease victims confined on the island of Moloka`i. He and three other priests volunteered to go in succession. Damien was the first, and soon he was on a boat carrying cattle and 50 patients bound for Kalawao.

What did Father Damien do on Molokai?

He served as both pastor and physician to the colony and undertook many projects to better the conditions there. He improved water and food supplies and housing and founded two orphanages, receiving help from other priests for only 6 of his 16 years on Molokai.

Can you live on Molokai?

The first thing that strikes a visitor to the Hawaiian island of Molokai is how empty it is. Somewhat more than 7,000 people live on the island—about 0.5 percent of the state of Hawai’i’s population of 1.4 million.

Who lives on Molokai?

Molokai is home to around 7,500 people and 40 per cent are native Hawaiians—the highest concentration of all the state’s main islands. There are zero traffic lights, two gas stations, and over 160 kilometres of coastline, with the southern side of the island boasting the most extensive coral reefs in the state.

How did Damien of Molokai help the poor?

Father Damien worked for 16 years in Hawaii, providing comfort to the lepers of Kalaupapa. Not only did he give the people faith, he also built homes for them and treated them with his medical expertise. He prayed at the cemetery of the deceased and comforted the dying at their bedsides.

Where is Saint Damien buried?

May 5, 1936
Father Damien/Date of burial

What is St Damien of Molokai the patron of?

Damien De Veuster is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. In the Anglican Communion and other Christian denominations, Damien is considered the spiritual patron for leprosy and outcasts….Father Damien.

Saint Damien of Molokai SS.CC.
Patronage People with Leprosy
Signature of Father Damien

Who owns most of Molokai?

Guoco Leisure Ltd
In September 2017 the company that owns Molokai Ranch, Singapore-based Guoco Leisure Ltd, put this 55,575 acres (22,490 ha) property, encompassing 35% of the island of Molokaʻi, on the market for $260 million.