Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kalaupapa

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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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  • We hiked down and met Father Damien Tours at the bottom. The hike is not so bad, just a bunch of stairs. The trailhead is easy to drive right by! Oddly enough, the trailhead is marked ' Palau state pa...  more »
  • Visit on Mondays and Tuesdays because you get the extra treat of a truly incredible music experience as well. Rick the bus driver sang Island songs with the other driver. It was a fabulous experience ...  more »
  • I recently hiked the Kalaupapa (Pali ) trail with my wife this December 2017. We obtained hiking permits and hiked down the Pali Trail, took the Damien Tour of Kalaupapa, and returned back up the trai...  more »
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  • Been here 4 times and this is the only place where all you here is the sounds of the ocean, the calming winds, the sounds the birds, and the peaceful tranquility of mother nature. This is #oldhawaii
  • Got to spend a day and night here. A truly remarkable experience.
  • 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.

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