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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Address: Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
Phone Number: 808-567-6802
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the...
This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
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Great experience - highly recommended

The tour is a yellow bus driven by a very energetic and knowledgeable tour guide. It hits all the major points with ample time to walk around at each one. The tour pays only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The tour is a yellow bus driven by a very energetic and knowledgeable tour guide. It hits all the major points with ample time to walk around at each one. The tour pays only lip-service to the pre-leper colony Hawaiians, and starts off trying to get you to buy things, but for all that it's still a great experience. Highly... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I had wanted to go to Kalaupapa for 10 years. This is what we found when we recently went to the settlement. Land tour is advertised as 3-4 hours. Only 3 ways down...hike, mule ride or by air with Makani Air. Only 100 people a day can visit. Must be 16. We opted to go with Makani Air and bought... More 

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Makawao, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We opted to hike and bring our own lunches. It was a great hike down, great views. The hike is rated a level 4, which is a bit tough. Yes, it was fairly easy going down, did it in an hour with stops to look at the views. The hike back out was slightly tough with the humidity and all... More 

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Worcester, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I realize this review is just for the park, but for us, the journey was as amazing as the park. We tried to book the Damien mule tour, but it was sold out so we opted for the hike. It was funny - I thought we'd have a guide or printed instructions, but it was "Go up the road, go... More 

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Fayetteville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We flew down with Makani Kai charters. It only took 5 minutes to get down to the Kalaupapa peninsula. Bus driver took us to meet up with the mule riders and hikers. Our tour guide was new on the job and had to keep looking at her notes for the historical speech about the history of Kalaupapa. I was expecting... More 

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Midland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife had wanted to visit for a while so I booked us on the damien tour through makani kai. They had called us to try and reschedule as they'd book a very large charter. I told them that we couldn't as the whole trip was built around this day trip. We arrived in Kalaupa at the airport and were... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Hawaii Expedition & Adventure Co./Father Damien Tour We were picked up at our hotel promptly at 7:30 by Yeayin, also happened to be our very knowledgeable tour guide for the day. Transport from Waikiki was included in the tour price. This is a very popular tour. On this day our flight was fully booked so they arranged a charter through... More 

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Walla Walla, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Kalaupapa leper colony (Hansen's disease) was King Kamehameha V's answer to the spread of leprosy in the Hawaiian population. Founded on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the world's highest sea cliffs on the North Shore of Molokai in 1865, the original inhabitants were forcibly removed from their families and society, no matter what the age. A Belgian priest, now... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Unfortunately, Damien tours is the only option for seeing the amazing place. The tour, on an old school bus, is okay but doesn't afford any real opportunity to explore. The guide, while very knowledgable about Damien and the whole Catholic thing did not - would not - talk about the pre contact history of the area. Native Hawaiians had been... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

On our visit to Hawaii, seeing Kalaupapa, Moloka'i was a must do. Visitors are limited to 100 per day and must be escorted by an island resident or their substitute. So we came by charted flight from Oah'u for the day. This was a most interesting and lovely day. The bus picked us up at the small airport and we... More 

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