Topside

Topside, 2014—ongoing

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.

The Forest / 2016

The Forest / 2016

Abandoned Workers’ Housing / Maunaloa / 2015

Abandoned Workers’ Housing / Maunaloa / 2015

Deer Carcass / 2016

Deer Carcass / 2016

Ceri Espiritu / 2016

Ceri Espiritu / 2016

Rainbow Pigeons / 2015

Rainbow Pigeons / 2015

Gladys Kerr / 2014

Gladys Kerr / 2014

Cessna 150 / Hoolehua / 2015

Cessna 150 / Hoolehua / 2015

Pool Closed / Kaluakoi Villas / 2015

Pool Closed / Kaluakoi Villas / 2015

Cattle / 2016

Cattle / 2016

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove / 2015

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove / 2015

Natalie Stampson and Kayla Miyashita / 2016

Natalie Stampson and Kayla Miyashita / 2016

Off Shore / 2015

Off Shore / 2015

Eel Bait / 2016

Eel Bait / 2016

The Lodge / 2015

The Lodge / 2015

Kaluakoi Villas / 2016

Kaluakoi Villas / 2016

Broken Float / Moomomi / 2015

Broken Float / Moomomi / 2015

Winter Solstice Molokai, Hawaii, 2014

Winter Solstice / 2014

Waimano Tunnel / 2016

Waimano Tunnel / 2016

New Year / 2016

New Year / 2016

Shannon Benine