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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Kalaupapa
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Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking
Description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
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10 reviews 10 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
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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181 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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15 reviews 15 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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41 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
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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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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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East Wenatchee, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Flew to topside Molokai for $20 more each person on a 1/2 hr comfortable flight vs the ferry (at $70 each way). Took a taxi to the Mule Barn at $30 each way--cheaper than renting a car that would be parked most of the day--reserved the taxi several days before arrival. Extremely nice taxi driver and service. Mule barn--terribly run... More

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Omro, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Easy to find, and a must see if going to this Island. The beauty, the smell of the Ironwood trees, the history! Wow! Make sure you do your homework on the history of this park, so that you understand what you are seeing. I felt honored to have been able to see such a historic place. Also, walk the short... More

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