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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
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Quaker Hill, Connecticut
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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4 attraction reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Santa Cruz, California
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24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is like stepping back 50 years in time. I walked in and out while my wife came in and out by plane. The plane takes seven minutes each way while the hike took a 60 minutes down. We took our time with pictures and no rush. 90 minutes out.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Because of the isolation and the natural barriers of the high sea cliffs, this area was chosen in 1866 by the Kingdom of Hawaii as the place where victims of leprosy would be sent to spend the remainder of their lives. For several years, these people lived in complete desolation and misery. In 1873, Father Damien de Veuseter arrived to... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The reality that this was a prison just couldn't jive in my head in the context of the absolutely stunning and relatively unspoiled natural beauty. I'm not a person who routinely has song lyrics running through my head, but the line from Hotel California about heaven/hell really resonates with me after visiting this place. I got there via a charter... More

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Arcadia, California
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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Read Molokai, by Alan Brennart. It is a touching story about a little girl, Rachel, who at age 7 or 8, gets taken away from her family because of her disease. That's how it started for me. I was hooked. Although it is a work of fiction, I needed to see where the author was inspired to write about this... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The hike down to Kalaupapa is relatively easy, we left at 7:15 in the morning and were the first ones to get to the majestic beach and jumped in the ocean to cool off. The sun is mild at this time and the views spectacular. We made it down in about 60 minutes at a very easy pace and taking... More

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New York
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82 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Just to clarify, this is the entire historical park on the Kalaupapa (Moloka'i) Peninsula, beyond the trail (reviewed separately, along with the mule ride) or the individual attractions (the churches and cemeteries of Father Damien and Sister Marianne, and the tour itself, which is offered only through Father Damien Tours). The park itself is amid incredible beauty, flanked by the... More

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