Natural Features & Ecosystems
Geology of Kalaupapa
Surrounded on three sides by rough ocean waters and cut off from the rest of Molokai island by 1,600 foot cliffs, the Kalaupapa Peninsula has always been one of the most remote places in Hawai'i. These features made Kalaupapa an ideal location to isolate Hansen's disease patients. The formation of the peninsula itself took hundreds of thousands of years to occur, and did so through many episodes of volcanic and geologic activity.
Water Quality Assessment
Because water is the most valuable resource we have, water quality steers the protection and management of Kalaupapa National Historical Park's natural features. Read the complete 2010 water quality assessment here.
Did You Know?
Sea cliffs rising two thousand feet above the peninsula and ocean separate Kalaupapa from the rest of the island of Moloka'i. In 1972 this area was designated as the North Shore Cliffs National Natural Landmark, recognized as a significant example of sea cliffs in the nation's natural heritage.