KALAUPAPA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa was one of many greater than 8,000 individuals recognized with Hansen’s Illness since 1866 in Kalaupapa, essentially the most remoted peninsula within the Hawaiian Islands.
He joined his brother, two sisters and uncle in 1959 as sufferers recognized with the illness that was then referred to as leprosy.
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He and his siblings would play boogeyman video games with military-issued gasoline masks, therefore the nickname Boogie.
Boogie discovered the settlement as much less of a jail and extra of a playground with its untouched cliffs and shoreline. Non-contagious residents have been allowed to go away Molokai with the appearance of disease-inhibiting sulfur medication, however Boogie and his spouse Ivy would typically return to their Kalaupapa residence.
Boogie was lively within the Lions Membership as a neighborhood chief and presided over Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa. He traveled to Vatican Metropolis twice as a part of the affected person delegation to the canonizations of Father Damien and Mom Maryann.
A mission expensive to his coronary heart was the development of a Kalaupapa memorial — a mission that was stalled within the Legislature due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The memorial is to checklist the names of the greater than 8,000 who lived and died there, his title now amongst them.
Boogie Kahilihiwa would have celebrated his eightieth birthday in April, 2021.