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This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
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Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

We were on Molokai and took the airplane trip down to see Kalaupapa. We met our guide at the Kalaupapa airport after a quick 6 minute flight. He took us to pick up a group of hikers that had hiked down that morning, there were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank edrschneider
Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I wanted to hike down and up to the Kalaupapa settlement. When we called father Damien tours for a permit they informed us that the tour was mandatory and cost $99. We didn’t want to take the tour, only experience the hike...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank arturoHaiku_Maui
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

After riding down to Kalaupapa on a mule, we were met by our tour bus and guide, Keahi, who was amazing. I only wish I could remember everything he told us! He did tell us the history of the Hawaiian people and a lot of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 2964mq
Reviewed October 26, 2018

I've only hiked down, never up (we flew out). The Mule ride is a blast, you may be a little sore afterwards but well worth the adventure.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Cruiser753826
Reviewed September 6, 2018

I used muleride.com to book this tour, but to be honest, I don't think it matters who you use, as you will all end up with the same tour guide once in Kalaupapa. The people in my group all used different companies to book, and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
7  Thank abyss64
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

We live on the Big Island of Hawaii and we have always wanted to see Kalaupapa on Molokai. We arranged a 3-day visit and stayed at the Hotel Molokai. We enjoyed how quaint and rustic Molokai is, but the reason for our trip was going...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Chris77-563
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

You can only hike the trail with specified agents. And what a hike - 2000 ft top to bottom, with many twists and turns. My husband and me are in our very late 50’s, and it took us just over 2 hours down, and just...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank WestHamfan10
Reviewed July 17, 2018

First time I went down to Kalaupapa was in 2004. I had the privilege of having Richard Marks as the guide...what a wonderful, wonderful man he was. I learned sooo much from him. Each time I have visited Kalaupapa I have hiked down. When the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

We hiked into the valley, and our tour included the pass, a bus tour, and lunch. No one is allowed on the peninsula without a sponsor--so we got our wristbands in the morning at the excursion office giving us access and drove the short distance...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank cookpias
Reviewed July 9, 2018

A wonderful experience, well worth the effort of the hike. Fantastic views and scenery, the tour is well done. A day well spent on Molokai is a visit to Kalaupapa

Date of experience: June 2018
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Bugger4Oz
December 31, 2018|
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Response from WestHamfan10 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I think the Father Damien tours have stopped. You want The Mule ride company. You can either take a mule up and down ( poor mule), or walk, and / or take a plane back up. Walking down was beautiful, but coming back up... More
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CedarCityUtah
October 29, 2018|
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Response from abyss64 | Reviewed this property |
Re: the mules not in operation, they were up and running when I was there at the end of August, and it’s my understanding that it’s still running. I think the lease was an issue several months ago, but they seem to have... More
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Sunshine539969
October 1, 2018|
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Response from 2964mq | Reviewed this property |
We stayed on the island for 4 days and had a rental car.
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