Corbitt's National Parks
     Kalaupapa
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1980: National Historical Park

Size: 10,799 acres

2008 visitors: 60,934

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

This site preserves the history of two settlements (Kalaupapa and Kalawao) where the sufferers of Hansen's Disease lived, on the island of Molokai. Kalaupapa is still home to many surviving lepers. Although they have been cured by treatments developed after World War II, damage already done by the disease is irreversible. This Site also preserves the history of the Hawaiian people before 1866, when the quarantine settlement was established.

What You're Going to See

Evidence of the ancient Hawaiian occupation of four ahupuaa (land divisions) here represents one of the richest archaeological preserves in all of the islands. The Park also contains spectacular sea cliffs, narrow valleys, a volcanic crater, a rain forest, lava tubes and caves, and offshore islands. This Park can be reached only by foot, mule, or plane. Reservations, and plans in advance, are recommended.

Father Damien arrived in the lawless leper colony in 1873 and brought a measure of order. He organized the building of a church, St. Philomena, and himself died of leprosy 16 years later. This is still an operating sanatorium; don't expect the freedom to walk around that you might have in other Sites.

Personal Observations

I haven't been here yet. My one trip to Hawaii was concerned more with Oahu and Hawaii. I hope to have the chance one day to experience Molokai.

Getting There

Kalaupapa Peninsula is separated from the rest of Molokai. There is no road to Kalaupapa! Visitors must hike or ride a trail down a mountain path, or fly into the airport that's two miles from the Park.

Nearby Attractions

Gee, Hawaii is easy to figure out.
There are no other Parks on Molokai, but Oahu has the USS Arizona Memorial, Maui has Haleakala National Park, and the island of Hawaii has Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

The nearest other Park, nearly 2,400 miles away, is Point Reyes National Seashore in California.