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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Address: Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
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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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An interesting insight into the past

We received a guided tour throughout Kalaupapa and found the scenery and the abundant information very interesting. The cliffs are quite steep and can be slippery, but getting to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
notwaltermitty
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We received a guided tour throughout Kalaupapa and found the scenery and the abundant information very interesting. The cliffs are quite steep and can be slippery, but getting to Kalaupapa and the loookout are worth it.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are so glad we chose this tour during our Maui visit. Our tour guide Norman was great and we learned a lot. The only improvement I would make on the tour is to add personal accounts of the people who were brought here whether it was in person or a recording. Just to warn you when flying out to... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fulfilled a life-long dream and was not disappointed. This is a pilgrimage site and should be treated as such. It will fill you with wonder at the human spirit and sadness at what fear can do.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are three ways to get to the National Historic Park and town of Kalapapa: hike down the trail negotiating the 26 switchbacks and slippery rocks and steps; ride the mules down the same trail to test your mule riding skills and faith in those sturdy animals; hop in a small plane or helicopter and fly in next to the... More 

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Madison, Wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

After doing numerous hikes on Maui, I would first like to say the drive to the trail head was a piece of cake! Signage is limited, but when you see a cattle gate that states enter with Permit Only you are at the entrance. When we arrived, which was early (a little before 8 am) because we wanted to be... More 

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Tahiti, French Polynesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We hiked down to the leper colony in Kalaupapa Valley. It was a muddy hike and slippery and strenuous (but we are from Colorado so we did it anyway) 3.5 mile hike down steep switchbacks. The local airline has good deals to fly into the colony and you can mule ride out (or mule ride both ways). There are a... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

On Dec. 10 flew topside with Makani Air and hiked both ways with bus tour at bottom. Trail was nearly impossible due to recent rains and mule traffic. Ankle-high mud holes at every step! Promised lunch was not provided because it was stuck on a plane on Oahu. NOTHING to eat or drink from arrival at 7:30 to departure at... More 

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Strongsville, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

It is a nice view from 10,000 feet to watch the sunset but not worth the drive or time it takes to get there

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I had the honor and privilege of experiencing Kalaupapa last week, along with three others. We are all over 65 years of age, but frequent hikers, so we decided to take the challenge and do the hike down to the historical park from topside. We allowed 2 hours for the hike down and that was about how long it took.(Tours... More 

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Molokai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Children under 16 years old are not allowed into the park. The last residences of Kalaupapa, who decided to remain at Kalaupapa even though they could leave, negotiated with the NPS to preserve the history of the peninsula. St. Damien and St. Mother Marianne Cope were recently declared saints by the Catholic Church for their service to the patients here.... More 

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