In 2014 I began a project documenting the Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai, which for over a century served as a prison and then as a refuge for those suffering from Hansen’s disease in the Hawaiian Islands. In this new series, I turn my focus to the other side of the 2,000-feet-high sea cliffs that surround Kalaupapa—an area referred to locally as “Topside.”
Molokai is the least developed out of the all the Hawaiian Islands. There are no stoplights, skyscrapers, malls or fast-food chains. Cell and internet services are intermittent and power shortages occur regularly. In exchange for these modern conveniences Molokai’s geography boasts acres of ranchlands, unspoiled beaches, dramatic cliffs, lush valleys and ancient Hawaiian sites. Presented here is the beginning of “Topside,” exploring the ebbs and flows of Molokai, Hawaii.