Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kalaupapa

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#2 of 10 in Parks in Molokai
When leprosy began to spread through the Hawaiian Islands King Kamehameha V was faced with an agonizing decision. Pressured by the Western-influenced Board of Health, he signed "An Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy" in 1865. This law mandated all persons afflicted with the disease, or showing symptoms, to be arrested and forcibly exiled to the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of the island of Molokai. The policy of isolation tore apart many families and Hawaiian society.

Since 1866 more than 8,000 people, mostly Hawaiians, died at Kalaupapa. The discovery of sulfone drugs in the 1940s rendered the disease (now called Hansen's disease) inactive. The policy of forced isolation ended in 1969, but for many of the patient-residents Kalaupapa is home and have decided to live out their lives in the settlement. Once a prison, today Kaluapapa is a refuge from a world still largely ignorant about this misunderstood disease.
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  • Molokai is very little visited and yet this park is interesting because it allows for short walks on foot and the view over the cliffs and Kalaupapa is beautiful. Not to be missed
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  • Any way you get there you need to go to Kalaupapa!! My favorite way to get down there is hiking. It is not an easy hike, but it is beautiful!!  more »
  • If you go to Molokai is far from your destination, take a look at go. Riding on a donkey, and can be moved. Where leprosy patients live saves now. Looks clean sea, so your favorite spot.
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  • Expensive hike with a very poor guide signs up for Damien tours LLC. Not father Damien tours. We chose the later and had a 90 year old man talk about 3 houses and then drive us to the "highlight of the tour"(his words)... lunch. However due to some glitch in their system we were not included in the lunch. If this were not a gorgeous hike and beautiful area this would get a 1 star. However the Damien tours looked like they were having fun and they actually learned about the site.
  • Wow. You've gotta go here if you get the chance. I went via a flight and tour package deal. I took an 8 seat Cessna plane from Oahu and then took the tour once I landed. Others on the tour had hiked or taken a mule from the cliff-top down to the settlement. Either way, everyone found the experience informational and enjoyable.
  • Super fun hike, regardless if you enjoy the history of Father Damien, which you will. Setting-up entry into the park is difficult and some hikers were turned around because they did not get a sponsor to enter Kalaupapa.
  • Somber and interesting place of great historical significance... So many sad stories and yet beautiful
  • Interesting how ignorance of disease ruined life for so many. Beautiful place, tho isolated.

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