National Historical Park
1980: National Historical Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThis 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 SeeEvidence 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.
Personal ObservationsI 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 ThereKalaupapa 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 AttractionsGee, Hawaii is easy to figure out.