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“Kalaupapa National Historical Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
Molokai, Hawaii
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“Kalaupapa National Historical Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is a wonderful place to visit even if for only a day. Getting here is half the fun. Be prepared to hike and make sure your legs are in good stair-stepping shape! The only way here is by plane or hike or ride a mule. The views are spectacular. And the stories of how the Lepers got here and all their trials and tribulations are inspiring. This is also where I work and live as an RN! No kids under 16 are allowed.

Visited September 2012
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“Tears in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

A truly inspirational visit to the former colony for Hansen's patients. It is such a beautiful place now, but must have been a total banishment for the "inmates" from former times. There is also the touching facts that two saints called Kalaupapa home. Saint Damien and Saint Mother Marianne Cope both lived and eventually died among the lepers of Kalauppa, Molokai, Hawaii.

Visited July 2012
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“highest sea cliffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

this park has the world's highest sea cliffs and they are beautiful. we flew into the park rather than taking the mules. i bet the mule ride (or hiking) would have been nice since the cliffs are so pretty and have a great view of the ocean. from the edge (shoreline) of the park you can enjoy watching spectacular crashing waves. my husband and friend also enjoyed their time at the park, including learning about its history.

Visited February 2012
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“Gorgeous trails in Kalaupapa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Lush rain forest, tropical birds, plants, stunning views. We had a terrific guide who told us lots of local stories about the Island as well as showing us highlights along the trail.

Visited May 2012
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“Great beauty with so much sadness in the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

You can get to the Kalaupapa National Historic Park 3 ways: hike, mule ride, or fly. We chose the mule ride, reviewed separately. After about 1.5 hours of riding, we reached the corral on the peninsula. There was time for restroom use. We met Ian, our guide for the tour. We also met people who had hiked down, and people who had flown down. Ian handed out tickets for the tour, and where relevant, tickets which would be exchanged for sack lunches and water. Once all three groups were on the bus, he repeated the rules of no photography of residents (in fact we did not see any as they tend to stay inside during touring hours), and no wandering off on our own. He gave a lot of history of the settlement, about the illness itself, and he also gave a lot of information about modern day life down there. He was an excellent speaker and a great guide. We had several stops in the town such as down at the pier where a barge comes in once a year, one of the churches in the village, a shop with refreshments, old photos, and possible things to buy; a social hall that has some old photographs, by the monument for Mother Marianne Moore, the memorial for Father Damien, by the old hospital site, by the former orphanage site, etc. The bookstore was closed. Then it was time to drive in the school bus to the other side of the peninsula where we saw the remnants of the original settlement, another of the churches Father Damien built, a graveyard, and a distance view of some islands and some of the coastlines.

It was so beautiful down in that area! I recognized the especially striking scene I recognized from pictures where we would have our picnic lunches. This is an area of the peninsula you cannot see from on top at the overlook.

You might want to consider doing some reading before the tour, though it is not essential. My husband had not read anything, but after the tour he read in several books, such as "The Separating Sickness."

Visited April 2012
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