Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa National Historical Park stands in memory of the Hawaiian lives lost due to exposure to incurable diseases that devastated the island's population. The park's remote location served as a place to house infected citizens in the hopes that isolation would allow them to heal and eliminate the spread of illnesses for which the people had no immunity. Today, the park seeks to educate and inspire visitors by immersing them into the community that still exists within this secluded area and to illuminate the public about the northern part of the island's history and its connection to Hansen's disease. Opportunities to volunteer inside the park are available and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience that welcomes you to become a part of living history alongside active members of the Kalaupapa community. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa Historical National Park offers visitors a unique glimpse into the lives of Kalaupapa's distant inhabitants on pre-arranged, guided tours that include historical information about its cemeteries, architecture, and landscapes. The park's museum collection and archaeological artifacts are also featured, in addition to geological resources that explain the volcanic composition of the area. During your exploration, you will likely see many of the park's 30 federally protected endangered species that include plant and marine life. Molokai mule rides on the Kalaupapa Trail offer another amazing way to check out the breathtaking views of the island as you go on a 2,000-foot descent into the park from the rugged sea cliffs above. 

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How To Get To Kalaupapa National Historical Park

From the Kalaupapa Airport-Lup, take Kamehameha Street south to Damien Road. Go Left on Damien Road, and then follow signs to Kalaupapa National Historical Park. The best times to visit the park are during the drier seasons in June, July, and August if you're planning on hiking the Kalaupapa Trail. 

Note that the park can only be reached by plane, mule, or foot. There are no access roads that accommodate vehicles, so make sure to plan ahead for the route you'd prefer to take. 


189 Kaiulani St., Kalaupapa, HI 96742

Fee: Entry fee $0

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is an inspirational and sacred place that gives visitors a chance to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Molokai while learning about the area's intriguing history. Its remote location also offers adventurers several fantastic ways to explore and access Kalaupapa. If you're planning to spend some time on Molokai, an RV is an excellent way to experience everything the island has to offer and fully immerse yourself in beach life.