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 8,000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa. Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now a refuge for the few remaining residents who are cured but were forced to live their lives in isolation.

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Visit Kalaupapa

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

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History at Kalaupapa

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

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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: December 13, 2022

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2222
7 Puahi Street

Kalaupapa, HI 96742


808 567-6802

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