All visitors must obtain a permit to enter the Kalaupapa Settlement. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in Kalaupapa Settlement.
The commercial tour company arranges the permit for their customers. Reservations are required for commercial tours of the settlement, mule rides on the trail and air flights. Visitors are encouraged to make these reservations in advance. For information on these visit our Directions page.
Guests of residents have their permits arranged by their sponsor.
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.