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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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So beautiful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Richard H
San Jose, CA
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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Richard H
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank mprp2016
Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Hiistory-Buff
Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank UpstateNYNalli
Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank casey h
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank ElTigre W
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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 

5 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 

2 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 

2 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 

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