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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
808-567-6802
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Kalaupapa
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Adventure
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien...
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Adventure
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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348 reviews 348 reviews
188 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We hiked to Kalaupapa and were extremely pleased with this day trip. The hike down is easy and absolutely beautiful views. The park is incredible. The story, tour by Hawaii Department of Health very meaningful. You leave in awe of Father Damien, Sister Marian, the residents stories and the employees. A wonderful experience. Now the hike out at the end... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
41 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

My husband and I hiked up and down the Kalaupapa trail and would absolutely recommend it to those of moderate fitness. The trail is about 2.5 miles long each way with a 1600 feet change in gain so is moderately strenuous. The trail is made up of a series of switchbacks (numbered along the way to about 29) which meander... More 

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Quaker Hill, Connecticut
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Kalaupapa has been a national park since the 1980's. It is funded and paid for by tax dollars and the trail was recently built by tax dollars (nearly half a million). However, one resident has cashed in and in order to view what your tax dollars are funding, you are required to pay $50 in cash to a resident who... More 

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Washington DC
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95 reviews 95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is one of those unique places of the world that take a bit of doing to get to, but is definitely worth it. I'll never forget it. If you are in Hawaii, I recommend you take a day and come to Molokai for this experience. (If you are already on Molokai, it is a no-brainer, of course). You can... More 

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