Nature & Science

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is home to an abundance of geological, terrestrial, aquatic, and marine resources. Over 30 federally listed threatened and endangered species call Kalaupapa home. Marine life includes monk seal, humpback whale, green sea turtle, and well-preserved coral reef communities.

Geological resources within the park include Molokai north shore cliffs, some of the world's highest sea cliffs. The valleys, volcanic crater and crater lake, lava tubes, caves, and offshore islets provide numerous habitats. Ecosystems include ohiʻa rain forests, coastal spray areas, and freshwater streams.

Low lying vegetation and pali in the background.

The park protects habitats ranging from the ocean to the upland rain forest.

The ocean, two islands, and tall sea cliffs

Over millions of years, several episodes of volcanic and geologic activity created the peninsula and its towering cliffs.

A branch with a tag on it and a hand holding part of the plant.

Kalaupapa protects hundreds of native and cultural plant species.

A monk seal mom and pup resting on a sandy beach.

Kalaupapa peninsula is rich with marine and terrestrial wildlife.

Three people on a boat and scientific equipment underwater.
Science and Research

Learn about the science and research ongoing in the park!

Last updated: December 5, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2222
7 Puahi Street

Kalaupapa, HI 96742


808 567-6802

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