Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground…
Kalaupapa National Historical Park was established on December 22, 1980. Now more than twenty-five years old, the park is dedicated to preserving the memories and experiences of the past so valuable lessons may be learned. The park’s mission is to provide a well-maintained community ensuring the present patient residents of the Kalaupapa Settlement may live out their lives there. The park also supports the education of present and future generations concerning Hansen’s disease or leprosy, a disease shrouded in fear and ignorance for centuries.
The Kalaupapa overlook from topside Moloka’i at Pala’au State Park offers wayside interpretive exhibits for visitor understanding. There are additional wayside exhibits located throughout the park.
Access to the park is very restricted. Persons wishing to access the park must prearrange their visit with the Hawaii Department of Health at 808-567-6924 or contact Damien tours at 808-567-6171. Access to the park will be denied to anyone that has not made prior arrangements and obtained necessary authorization. The National Park Service does not offer any regularly scheduled interpretive programs or activities because of the restricted nature of visitation to the park. Tours of the park are offered through a commercial service, owned and operated by a Kalaupapa resident.
There are no medical facilities at Kalaupapa. The 3.5 mile trail to the park is extremely steep and challenging with uneven surfaces. Only very physically fit persons should attempt the trail.
Early morning fog enshrouds the North Shore Cliffs.
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