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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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Kalaupapa and Molokai Day Trip from Oahu

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I hiked down and back and enjoyed every minute of it! I am an average hiker and it was not too difficult. Just take your time and enjoy the view. Molokai is my favorite island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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alaska
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I hiked down and back and enjoyed every minute of it! I am an average hiker and it was not too difficult. Just take your time and enjoy the view. Molokai is my favorite island and this tour was life changing!

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Kihei, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is the opportunity of a lifetime to visit a place so remote and untouched that you must either hike down a step series of switchbacks or take a mule down. The future of visiting is uncertain as their are still residences of Kalaupapa and a visit must be made by permit only. Check the NPS.gov website for details .... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts
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159 reviews 159 reviews
23 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

You can only go here by invitation by a resident. In this case, one of the former patients set up a company to do this. After his death, his wife keep it going. People under 18 are not permitted. The ways to get here are to walk down 1600 feet, ride a mule along the trail, or fly in to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Molokai was, in the past, used as a place to quarantine people who were suspected of having Hansen's Disease, more commonly known as leprosy. It was thought to be very contagious and not curable and anyone suspected of having the disease was sent by boat to the eastern peninsula of Molokai to be segregated from both family members and other... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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