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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Address: Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
Phone Number: 808-567-6802
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Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Kalaupapa
Type: National Parks, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien...
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Type: National Parks, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
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Kirkland, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Flew from Kapalua (Maui) on a Mokolele Airways tour to Kalaupapa on Molokai. Met there by Yeayin Saepae of Hawaii Expedition & Adventures who gave us a very informative tour, answering "all" of our questions. The school bus could use some paint & the windows need repair & or oil/grease but our guide was fun & entertaining. We will send... More 

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Wilmette
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was the highlight of our four days on Moloka’i. One gets to Kalaupapa by mule, plane or foot. We hiked down and back. More on that later. No matter how you get there, it’s worth it! The tour is good and the story of the place compelling. You travel around the peninsula on which the park is located in... More 

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hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Kalaupapa is such a sad but beautiful place all at once. History of what Father Damien did for the people is a must see for visitors. You can feel the spirit of Father Damien and others still here.

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Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We knew it was listed several times in the top ten, the mules, the overlook, the town, we had to do it. Two couples decided to walk down and back. We are of average ability. No training other than normal life. We hiked down in 75 min and back less than 90. This incorporated brief stops for pictures, drinks and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This area was a leper colony run by Father Damien and Catholic church. In order to get this secluded site, you either hike or ride on mule, then take a tour in an old school bus to visit various places. There are several patients still living at the site. that's why visitors are not allowed to roam around on her... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you decide to hike down, book with Father Damien Tours website directly to pay $50+tax. If you book with Mule Ride (aka Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour) for the hike, they charger you $69, take their cut and still send you to Father Damien Tours. Nevertheless, the Mule Ride will send you to their coffee shop first to waste your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I booked the "Kalaupapa Experience" package with Makani Kai Air which includes round-trip flights from Honolulu plus the Damien Tour in Kalaupapa National Historical Park. My fellow travelers included Christians inspired by the life of Father Damien, a student writing her dissertation on a doctor who had served here and a physician interested in Hanson's disease (a.k.a. leprosy). However most,... More 

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Molokai, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Mokulele Air on its route from Kahului Maui to Molokai Airport flies over Kalaupapa and along the steep cliffs surrounding the peninsula. Kalaupapa is both a Leprosy Settlement (Hansen's Disease) and a USA National Historic Park. These sea cliffs are some of the tallest in the world, and drop precipitously to the ocean. These views can only be seen from... More 

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Rock Spring, Georgia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have been wanting to visit Kalaupapa for several years. I chose to hike down and fly out. The hike was about 3 miles. It was not too strenuous but would not recommend for anyone with knee problems. The views were one of kind. The settlement was so interesting that I wished I could have stayed. It was the most... More 

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Rochester Ny Area
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188 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We took a great airflight from Topside Molokai; to get here-the view of the cliffs and the whole Molokai ., from the plane, was terrific and worth the money! Once we landed; we were met promptly by the Father Damien Tour bus(an old schoolbus) operated on our time, by a female descendent of RIchard...( I think the whole tour group... More 

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