Kalaupapa National Historical Park Tours
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Just off Maui’s shore on the island of Molokai, Kalaupapa National Historic Park is the former site of two leper colonies. People living with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) have been quarantined here since the days of King Kamehameha, and a community of cured patients still inhabits the Kalaupapa Settlement, scenically surrounded by steep Pali cliffs. The park is dedicated to preserving the experiences of the past so that they might be learned from in the present and future.
Father Damien, a Belgian missionary, first came to Molokai in the 19th century and cared for the afflicted until his death. In doing so, he brought awareness of the disease to the rest of the world. Once completely isolated, the peaceful area is now a center for education and reflection. Historic churches, homes, and cemeteries can still be seen. Out of respect for the residents, the number of visitors is limited to 100 per day.
Kalaupapa is accessible only by tour, and must be traveled to by mule, hiking, or small plane. It is open Monday to Saturday and is not accessible by car.
Address: Kalaupapa, Hawaii, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Kalaupapa National Historical Park
This aerial tour takes you sightseeing along the coast of Maui to the island of Molokai. Panoramic windows on the Cessna provide unobstructed views. Soar across the Pailolo Channel and marvel at towering sea cliffs en route to waterfalls and valleys of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. Learn about the most extensive coral reefs in the Hawaiian Islands via the pilot’s narration.
Combine an aerial sightseeing tour with a visit to the island of Molokai on this guided tour from West Maui. Begin your journey with a short flight across the Pailolo Channel and over the world's tallest sea cliffs, plunging waterfalls, deep valleys, and the historic Kalaupapa Peninsula where you land. On the ground, follow in the footsteps of Father Damien and hear about his commitment to leprosy sufferers in the late 19th-century that led to his canonization in 2009.
Our Kalaupapa Day Tour takes you on a spiritual adventure that will make you feel as if Father Damien himself is standing beside you. Our tour is a celebration of Father Damien’s life and his commitment to those suffering from leprosy during the late 1800s’, and the recognition the Catholic Church has bestowed upon him with his canonization to Saint-hood on October 11, 2009. A day in Kalaupapa is an experience of a life time.
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What's the best way to experience Kalaupapa National Historical Park ?
The best ways to experience Kalaupapa National Historical Park are:
- Splendorous Sea Cliffs of Molokai Air Tour- Kahului Departure
- Kalaupapa Discovery Air and Ground Tour- Maui Departure
- Kalaupapa Discovery Air and Ground Tour- Molokai Departure