The strictly limited access to Kalaupapa National Historical Park requires prospective visitors be aware of several critical pieces of information before planning their visit.
- All visitors to Kalaupapa must have pre-arranged permits to enter the settlement. For tourists, this means signing up for a tour through Damien Tours, a Kalaupapa resident owned and operated company. For those flying into Kalaupapa airport or riding a mule down the cliffs as part of a tour, permits may have been arranged in advance. Check with your transportation provider. For guests of residents, this means submitting the proper permit application to the Board of Health Office. Any persons who have not properly secured a permit into the settlement will not be admitted entrance.
- Persons under 16 years of age are not permitted to visit Kalaupapa.
- There are no medical facilities available in Kalaupapa Settlement. Any emergency medical response requires a helicopter flight to O'ahu or Maui.
- There are no dining or shopping facilities available in Kalaupapa Settlement. All food and sundries must be brought in and all trash taken out.
- Photography of patient-residents and their property is strictly prohibited without their express written permission.
- The 3.5 mile trail to the park is extremely steep and challenging with uneven surfaces. Only very physically fit persons should attempt to hike the trail.
- Overnight accommodations are available only to guests of residents.