This concluding chapter offers a brief summary of the status of Hansen's disease and the Makanalua peninsula in Hawaiʻi today. Presently, the Kalaupapa village is part of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which was established in 1980 to recognize the unique archaeological, environmental, and historical significance in this land set apart so long ago. There are many issues that challenge the National Park Service, and the future management of the park is currently being evaluated and discussed by the National Park Service and the public. The resident community continues to decline and many are working to preserve their legacy while recognizing Makanalua's place in the larger context of Hawaiʻi's rich history. And with the recent canonization of Saint Damien and Saint Marianne, international attention is once again upon Kalaupapa, with the world wanting to learn more about its past and present.
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