Kalaupapa, a remote peninsula on the north shore of the island of Molokai in Hawaii is considered sacred ground. There, surrounded by soaring cliffs and ocean on three sides, more than 8,000 former leprosy patients are buried.
In the 19th century, leprosy, or Hansen's disease, had reached epidemic proportions in the Kingdom of Hawaii. By 1866, King Kamehameha V signed a bill to isolate those with the then feared disease - a policy that only ended in 1969. Today 14 patients, all long-cured, remain in a community marked by love and endurance. Hawaii officially apologized last year.
(Photo by Valerie Monson)