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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Sacramento, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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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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Bakersfield, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Visiting the area in which Father Damien ministered to lepers exiled to Molokai was a moving experience. We flew from Honolulu to Molokai via Makani Kai Air Charter and were met in Kalaupapa by a guide who worked for Damien Tours. Others either hiked or rode donkeys down the trail from "Topside" and joined the tour. Our guide was knowledgeable... More 

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Mililani, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We hiked down and up (it took us about an hour each way.) The hike was gorgeous, it's mostly in the shade, so even though we hiked up in the afternoon it wasn't too hot. There were great views of the peninsula and the cliffs around us. We met up with the mule riders and the people who flew in... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Stopping at Coffees for a special coffee drink or food on a Tuesday morning can mean enjoying a local music event! The smoothies were great and there is a special ice cream coffee drink as well. The ukulele music....fabulous!

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Staying on Molokai for a few months, I knew I wanted to visit Kalaupapa. I chose to arrive by plane in order to approach the peninsula from the same direction the early patients arrived. Seeing the towering cliffs was impressive and daunting. The town was beautiful and the tour was a lot of fun. However, I wish we would have... More 

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alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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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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Address: Address: Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
Phone Number: 808-567-6802
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Molokai  >  Kalaupapa

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