Wow! What a fantastic experience! Not more than 10 people (on mules!) are escorted down 1700 feet of rugged sea cliff to the leper colony of Kalaupapa. The guides were excellent, and even in the light rain, the views were spectacular!
Once we rode into the settlement area, we were greeted by an old school bus and a great driver who drove us around the area and told us about the past and present history of the settlement and its inhabitants. A simple brown bag lunch and water were included. Lunch is at Kalawao, the original landing site before the Kalaupapa settlement was built.
For a great introduction, or to refresh your memory, you should read "Molokai" by Alan Brennert. I read it before I went and even though it's a historical fiction account of a girl's exile to Kalapaupa, it's pretty true to what really happened to people once they got there. Everyone recommended it.
We were there the week before the celebration of the cannonization of St. Marianne Cope, so it was kind of special to be a part of this, at least peripherally.
The trip is definitely worth your time and definitely worth your money. Do talk to the guides - they're young guys with a lot of good story to tell!
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