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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: 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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Rock Spring, Georgia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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318 reviews 318 reviews
173 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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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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99 reviews 99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Maine
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254 reviews 254 reviews
67 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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