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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Address: Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
Phone Number: 808-567-6802

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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Breathtaking Views and Historic Location

Not too far from the Phallic Rock is Kalaupapa National Historical Park. High above the Leper colony or Settlement you experience spectacular views of the Kalaupapa Peninsula... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bob K
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not too far from the Phallic Rock is Kalaupapa National Historical Park. High above the Leper colony or Settlement you experience spectacular views of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. It's aa easy walk from the Parking Lot and you'll be richly rewarded for your time.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been looking forward to visiting for years and was not disappointed. A lot of history here. It is slow and quite. If you are interested in the history behind this park then you must visit and get some of the local stories. The hike down is beautiful, but rough, especially if it is muddy. Consider taking the donkeys.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

This was the second time I've taken the Kalaupapa mule ride to the peninsula and had the Damian tour. The scenery going down and at the bottom is spectacular. The view of the Pali sea cliffs that rise 2000 is breathtaking. I think this is one of the most beautiful scenic views in Hawaii. The mule ride is a bit... More 

1 Thank Frbill92
Mililani Town, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

As others have noted this takes some planning, but well worth it. We took a cab from Molokai Airport (Topside) ($30) to the Mule Barn to pick up our permits. Mule Barn does not open till 0745 so had to wait till then. Started our hike down at 0800 and it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes, finishing about... More 

1 Thank Donna W
San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We took the mule ride down and it was quite beautiful. The hike is manageable, but two of the three people who did the hike seemed to wish they hadn't. They looked beat and that was before they even had to go back up! This place is a special little monument to the history of the Hansens Disease sufferers and... More 

1 Thank Richard H
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

We arraigned our tour of Kalaupapa with Damien Tours LLC, Makani Kai Airline, and Hele Mai Taxi, and were very pleased with the experience. We decided to hike down the Pali trail into the village and fly out of the settlement. This was a same day trip leaving Maui early in the morning and returning to Maui mid afternoon. If... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

We visited Kalaupapa National Historic Park during the last week of July 2016, booking with Damien Tours and Mokulele Airlines. Patrick, our tour guide, gave our group an excellent, four-hour tour of this unique place. Patrick told us he has led tours (on call) for 15 years, and he is a wealth of information about Kalaupapa. Half-way through the tour,... More 

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

My husband, son and I visited Kalaupapa recently, flying in on Makani Kai Airlines...a 5 minute flight over amazing sea cliffs . We were met by Rick who drove us around for 4 hours in an old school bus , viewing the homes, workplaces, churches and businesses , sharing information about the history, daily life and the progress made in... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go before kids prevented it... No kids under 16 allowed. We weren't too keen on mules or a single engine plane do we hiked down. The hike down was so much tougher than up. It's steep, steep steps so my knees were aching. You need to be in decent shape! You definitely need to be prepared with... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

A unique part of the island with plant life and fish not seen elsewhere. There is evidence of inhabitation going back over 1,000 years. The time devoted to leprosy (Hansen's Disease) is only a small part of the story. Be prepared for the isolation and quiet. I recommend you hike up/down the trail one way and fly in/out the other... More 

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