Operating Hours & Seasons
Kalaupapa National Historical Park is home to an active community of people, including patient-residents, and State and Federal employees. Because it is still a living community, there are no opening or closing hours. Visitation is restricted in accordance with Hawai'i State Law.
Access to the park will be denied to anyone that has not made prior arrangements and obtained necessary authorization. The number of visitors allowed into the park is capped at 100 per day. Persons wishing to access the park must prearrange their visit with Damien Tours (808.567.6171). Damien Tours, owned and operated by a Kalaupapa resident, offers visitors tours of Kalaupapa and Kalawao. Commercial tours operate Monday - Saturday, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For those choosing not to visit the peninsula, the Kalaupapa Overlook from 'topside' Molokai at Pala'au State Park offers wayside interpretive exhibits for visitor learning.
The National Park Service does not offer any scheduled interpretive programs, activities, or provide visitor services because of the restricted nature of visitation to the park.
Did You Know?
About 230,000 years ago a small shield volcano named Pu'u 'Uao formed the flat Kalaupapa peninsula. The rim of the volcano remnant rises 450 feet forming Kauhako Crater with a crater lake at the bottom more than 800 feet deep.