History of Molokai, Hawaii
Molokai is the birthplace of probably one of the most recognizable of Hawaiian traditions, the hula. This island became known as a refuge of sorts, first for Hawaiians who broke "kapu" (taboo) and then for non-islanders suffering with Hansen's disease in the late 1800's. Even though the island is close in proximity to Oahu, the people here are really set apart from the other islands. The Molokai society is anchored in it's rural nature and lifestyle and religion. They have maintained many cultural sites that are important to understanding Hawaii's history in general. As it has for generations, Molokai today is still a haven, now for weary guests looking for a respite in paradise.