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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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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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Mule ride

What an amazing, gorgeous, yet tragic place Kalaupapa is. The history is astounding, the mule ride amazing, and the scenery outstanding. The trail with its 26 switch backs is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kenai, Alaska
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Kenai, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an amazing, gorgeous, yet tragic place Kalaupapa is. The history is astounding, the mule ride amazing, and the scenery outstanding. The trail with its 26 switch backs is narrow and steep, but the mules handle it with a sure-footed experience. A great ride and a must do adventure. Not suitable for very young children. It is an all day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

without a doubt the highlight of my trip to Molokai. I learned a lot about the history of the area before coming, but seeing the area first had made a big impact. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and it is apparent that he cares deeply about the residents and history of the area. Mule ride was a once in... More 

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Saratoga, California
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Molokai's iconic leper colony site is in a scenic location but certainly not a destination for everyone. If you are looking for a pleasant hike down and up a cliffside trail, or wanting to explore and learn more about what the historic site was about, then you may want to pass on visiting this place. The hike is strenuous and... More 

Thank rmk41
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're just going for the hike, the scenery, or a history lesson on the lives of the people who lived and died here, you're missing out on something big. Father Damien and Mother Marianne, both now saints, devoted their lives to taking care of those torn from their families, cast out by society, and left to die without their... More 

1 Thank jazzie F
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We rode the mules down to see this former medical colony. You can also hike down, but you must reserve a tour before you start your hike (I suppose you could hike down and go back up without taking the tour). You can also fly in. The hikers paid US$50 for the tour. The tour stops a about 5 spots.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As hike is quite strenuous I would recommend definitely different 'means' of transport, unless you want to really 'kick' your muscles. When it comes to organization of this activity, well, lot to wish for.... First of all Going through Damien Tours was just another example of strolling through town like any other in US where due to leprosy history and... More 

1 Thank MoniaLisa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I rode a mule down to Kalaupapa. You could also hike down (strenuous hike however) or fly in. The tour bus picked us up just a few minutes after we arrived. This is an old school bus...but nothing wrong with that. The tour starts in Kalaupapa and proceeds to Kalawao. The first part of the tour describes the history of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very little to see or do and a lot of fluff in between. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable had a passable sense of humor, but not wort the effort unless you are collecting National Park passport stamps. Don't bother otherwise

2 Thank edieann
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing experience with my 16 year old and my dear friend. I can't remember if the Trail is only open to 16 year old and up but I know you need a permit to hike this and the Father Damien tour at the bottom of the trail is for 16 and older. The Trailhead is not clearly marked,... More 

3 Thank Jeannette F
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike is strenuous! We were told the trail was in the best shape in months and it was still very rough. I wore running shoes and wish I had hard soled hiking boots. We were quick because we wanted to stay in front of the mules and managed to do it both ways. If you fly in for the... More 

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