All visitors must obtain a permit to enter the Kalaupapa Settlement. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in Kalaupapa Settlement.
The National Park Service does not charge any entrance fees for admission to Kalaupapa National Historical Park. However, all visitors to the park must obtain a permit, which are acquired by making reservations with Damien Tours, a private commercial tour company.
There are fees associated with the commercial tour and transportation to the park, if you ride a mule or take a flight into the Kalaupapa airport. Visitors are encouraged to make these reservations in advance. Hiking into the park along the pali (cliff) trail is free. Hikers must be on the commercial tour company to obtain a permit. Hiking the trail is physically demanding and careful consideration should be given to your physical fitness level before beginning the hike.
Read more about Trail Safety on the Kalaupapa cliff trail here.
To learn more about modes of transportation to the park and associated costs visit our Directions page.
Guests of residents have their permits arranged by their sponsor.