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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
+1 808-567-6802
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Hike in hike out

Most people we saw took mule rides down the cliff. I hiked. There are a lot of switch backs so it... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Istanbul, Turkey
via mobile
Unbelievable! MUST Do!

We wanted to go to the little town of Kalaupapa to see where Father Damien ministered to the people... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Fay T
Long Beach, California
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This historical park was a former leper colony run by Father Damien in the 1930s.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Kalaupapa Peninsula, Kalaupapa, Molokai, HI 96742
+1 808-567-6802
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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

2  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

3  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

5  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 6 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 29 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

2  Thank poirot8345
Reviewed 26 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
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We visited this NPS site in June and took advantage of an option that AdventureMaui Tours offers. The site is on a rather inaccessible valley area of the island of Molokai and can only be reached by flight, mule ride, or by hiking down the...More

2  Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Our family of 4 opted to hike into Kalaupapa and fly back out. Boy are we glad we did! We started the hike in a pouring rain, that if we hadn't already booked our flight out we would have been tempted to turn around. We...More

1  Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 5 July 2017

If you decide to make only one major adventure off the beaten path while in Hawaii, I suggest that this be the one. I've heard about Kalaupapa all of my life but have until now have never been here. This despite the fact that I...More

Thank Tupelo010835
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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 .
26 September 2017|
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Response from jackpine2 | Reviewed this property |
my guess 1500-1700 ft
29 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