Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Hawaii

Kalaupapa National Historical Park - Molokai
Photo by: National Park Service

Although it may be hard to reach, the Kalaupapa National Historical Park is another of Molokai’s more unusual tourist attractions worth considering, with guided tours explaining the world-famous and rather unexpected history of its past, isolated settlement.

The Kalaupapa National Historical Park enjoys a remote setting on the Kalaupapa Peninsula and because of this, can be hard to reach. Since it’s not connected by roads, and almost entirely surrounded by the ocean and steep cliffs, it means that visitors will need to either ride down the steep trail on mules, take a boat, or fly into Kalaupapa Airport.

The park was set up in 1980 and is dedicated to the lives and experiences of the former leper colony, which was known throughout the world and completely isolated here between 1866 and 1969. Literally thousands of Hawaiians infected with leprosy once lived here, being shipped in to the village of Kalawao from all over Hawaii.

Today, several local residents with leprosy (Hansen’s disease) still live here and have been treated with modern medicines.

Commercial tours of the main attractions and available and very interesting, although do bear in mind that you will require a permit from Hawaii’s State Department of Health, before you are actually able to enter the settlement.

This Molokai island on Hawaii tourist attraction is open daily and admission is free.

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