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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
+1 808-567-6802
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An Incredible Part of History

After taking the mule ride down the mountain, we climbed in a small bus at the base and were given... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
tom r
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Haunting historical reminder

This spot is not of this world, both physically and spiritually. We flew in from Maui via the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anacortes, Washington
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This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
+1 808-567-6802
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After taking the mule ride down the mountain, we climbed in a small bus at the base and were given sandwiches and drinks as we toured the settlement and outlying coastal areas. We toured three churches, the settlements, the cemetaries and the mass graves. Some...More

Thank tom r
Reviewed 1 week ago

This spot is not of this world, both physically and spiritually. We flew in from Maui via the "topside" airport (travel on Makani Kai airlines was a treat in itself and a chance for great views of Maui and Molokai). As the aircraft approached the...More

Thank MarkymarkIV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Any way you get there you need to go to Kalaupapa!! My favorite way to get down there is hiking. It is not an easy hike, but it is beautiful!!

1  Thank JenniferBaumstark
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Most people we saw took mule rides down the cliff. I hiked. There are a lot of switch backs so it doesn't feel too steep. The view is breath taking. The 1.5 hr hike is fulfilling. I didn't feel rushed or too hot. The tour...More

3  Thank ginkiecat
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We wanted to go to the little town of Kalaupapa to see where Father Damien ministered to the people with leprosy or Hansen's Disease. There are only 3 ways to get there...ride a mule, be flown in, or hike in. We chose to hike in....More

4  Thank Fay T
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We flew in and out of Kalaupapa on Makani Kai Airlines and made use of Damien Tours while on the peninsula. Kalaupapa is beautiful and memorable for its incredible sea cliffs and its tragic history. The stories of the patients and their caregivers (Fr. Damien,...More

6  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This was a very interesting trip to see Father Damien's work among the Hansen's Disease patients. We hiked down the trail with beautiful views of the valley below and took the educational tour of the facilities with a guide in a van. The mule ride...More

Thank chil2nl
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The tour was informative, but if you take the fly in-fly out version from Oahu, you'll spend as much time waiting in the airport as you spend on the tour. Also, note that Father Damien Tours does not control seats on the airplane to and...More

1  Thank Todd V
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I have lived in Hawaii all my life and this is the first time I visited Kalaupapa. What an experience! The peninsula is a beautiful untouched locale with breathtaking cliffs and seashores. There are many wild animals there -- deer, pigs, goats, etc. But over...More

3  Thank poirot8345
Reviewed 25 July 2017

If you want to use a sunrise tour, you may want to book prior to leaving for vacation. OR if you wish to tour it on your own, you will need to secure a permit. However, we did the sunset tour, on our own, no...More

Thank UpstateNY621
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8 October 2017|
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Response from jackpine2 | Reviewed this property |
dido.. at the top of the trail head I've also noticed several cars parked.. which I assume belong to the staff or people who hike the trail .
25 September 2017|
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Response from jackpine2 | Reviewed this property |
my guess 1500-1700 ft
28 June 2017|
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Response from NJDCO | Reviewed this property |
Yes that is correct. Children under 16 are not allowed in the park to protect the resident's privacy