Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground

When Hansen's disease (leprosy) was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. 

Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa. Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now refuge for the few remaining residents who are now cured, but were forced to live their lives in isolation.

Sunrise over Kalawao

Visit Kalaupapa

Learn how to plan your visit to Kalaupapa and experience the most from your visit.

Historic residence and garage

History at Kalaupapa

Learn about the breadth and depth of historic resources at the park, including landscapes, historic buildings, museum collections, and more.

Black sand beach at Awahua Bay

Natural Resources at Kalaupapa

Learn about the many threatened and endangered species at Kalaupapa, and what the park is doing to protect them.

Last updated: June 24, 2020

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P.O. Box 2222
Kalaupapa , HI 96742


(808) 567-6802

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