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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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Beautiful, mysterious, and rugged

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
casey h
Fresno, California
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank ElTigre W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

All: Ignore all the bad ratings as there are a few things that must be considered as this location AND actual site were not developed simply for your visiting pleasure: 1. You are in a remote place. Everything big has to be barged in and everything else must be flown in and this is expensive. Molokai itself is remote enough... More 

4 Thank JimAndLori
Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

The hike was wonderful with good views. We were fortunately to do this hike on New Year's day, when the mules were not running. The hike isn't very hard if you are in shape, and the trail was in decent shape. The bus tour at the bottom was very interesting, although the old school bus wasn't very comfortable. Lunch time... More 

Thank ChessHiker
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

We hiked in and out. You MUST have a permit in order to hike the trail. The trail is in excellent shape, with breathtaking views of the world's highest sea cliffs and Kalaupapa peninsula at every switchback. Take plenty of water and enough food for the day as there is a snack shop that serves only chips and cookies and... More 

1 Thank Marybeth F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

The experience of going to Kalaupapa was a sobering, amazing, eye-opening, and inspirational visit. 3 ways to get there, all require permission and booking through Damien Tours. Our guide, Clare, was amazing, but first the hike. We chose to hike (I think it's cruel to the mules, personally) The hike is about 3 miles. The trailhead is not well marked,... More 

2 Thank newfiemom
Mason, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

If you want a beautiful setting, undisputably so, along with some interesting facts about two Saints, then this is a tour for you. If you want to know about the 1000's of people who were forced to live here against their will, who were exiled to this island peninsula, then this is not the tour for you. While Father Damien... More 

4 Thank David S
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

The history of this leper community on Molokai is sobering. It is hard to imagine such suffering against such a stunning natural backdrop. This place is remarkable for so many reasons -- the history, the environment, the geology, the geography, the list could go on and on. If you are able bodied enough, I think the best way to visit... More 

1 Thank Editrix_BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

This is truly an amazing and inspirational visit. We all enjoyed the adventure. Came down the hill on mule & back to the top on mule. The history of this place is wonderful!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

A magical place with so much history. I didn't even know this place existed until recently. We had a tour from Richard, one of the National Park workers. He was great and had so much knowledge to share with us. Would definitely recommend visiting here. Some of the people who were sent there with leprosy still live there

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