• View of the Kalaupapa Peninsula


    National Historical Park Hawai'i

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?

Brother Dutton with Patients

Brother Joseph Dutton went to Molokai in 1886 to assist Father Damien and worked among the patients for 44 years. He kept the world posted on Kalaupapa, so his address book contained over 4000 names and bags of mail delivered to him sometimes weighed as much as 50 pounds.