Abandonment

Ka Lae, home to one of the earliest Hawaiian settlements, also has a past only hinted at by the contemporary ruins that dot the savannah landscape.

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The point was home to a US Air Force landing strip, Morse Field, during WWII and a host of services – a bar, store, homes and playgrounds and a school. For a year in the 60s, the site tracked space missions, and in 1979, we threatened to launch missiles at our enemies from this southernmost point. It was considered as a possible site for future space missions, but was labeled “too remote.” Left to the devices of nature, the ghost town dares you to enter by military warnings, political graffiti and crumbling concrete blocks.

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