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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 took us 3 1/2 hours and was tough ( but worth it - we are both early 60’s). My preference would be walk down, plane back up - the views from the plane are amazing.
The mule ride company can be found in Kualapu’u, just off the Kalae Hwy, in a side road called Leomele St opppsite the Coffees of Hawaii shop. Took us ages to find it as the company had just moved in but not told us the new address.....but that’s another story😊.....the trip is well worth it, lots of history. Take plenty of water, it’s a long hot walk, though ample shade enroute
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
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 resolved it.