How To Visit
Kalaupapa is an extremely isolated place, surrounded on three sides by ocean and two-thousand foot cliffs on the fourth. Consequently, there is no road access into the peninsula from the southern side of Molokai. Once down in Kalaupapa, there are no food, beverage or medical services. In inclement weather, it is possible that getting out of Kalaupapa will not be feasible. Due to this, it is suggested that upon a visit to Kalaupapa, you should bring any needed medications and even some extra food. To get to the park, visitors must travel by one of the following methods:
The park can be reached by air from Oʻahu, and Hoʻolehua, Molokai to Kalaupapa Airport (LUP). Small commuter plane air service is provided daily via Mokulele Airlines 877-260-7070 toll free.
The trail to Kalaupapa descends 26 switchbacks with a nearly 2,000 foot elevation change over 3.5 miles. The trail is considered strenuous.
At the bottom of the trail, visitors must connect with a commercial tour guide from Saint Damien & Marianne Cope Molokai Tours, LLC. (808) 895-1673.
Hikers will not be allowed entrance into the Settlement without a proper permit. Permitted visitors should read up on the Kalaupapa Trail on the Safety page before hiking the trail.
It is prohibited to come within 1/4 mile of the Kalaupapa shoreline. Access by boat within the quarter mile offshore park boundary requires a special use permit. For more information regarding this offshore closure please contact Kalaupapa National Historical Park or the State Department of Health at Kalaupapa.
Last updated: November 21, 2022