Nature & Science
In addition to the abundance of cultural resources the park preserves, Kalaupapa National Historical Park is also home to an abundance of geological, terrestrial, aquatic, and marine resources. Typically expanded over an entire island, the natural resources at the park are additionally unique since they are concentrated within one location.
The plants and animals identified in the park comprise nearly 30 federally listed threatened and endangered species. Significant marine resources include monk seal, humpback whale, green sea turtle, and well-preserved coral reef communities and fish resources.
Geological resources within the park include Molokai north shore cliffs that are some of the highest sea cliffs in the world. The intervening valleys, volcanic crater and crater lake, lava tubes, caves, and offshore islets provide numerous habitats from ohi'a rain forest to coastal spray areas to freshwater streams.
Explore these various natural resources using the menu to the left.
Did You Know?
Father Damien and patient helpers enlarged St. Philomena Catholic Church, a tiny wooden structure built in 1872, by adding a nave in 1876. After the steeple collapsed in a wind storm, he began constructing the larger masonry and wood main nave in 1888, which is the church seen at Kalawao today.