Operating Hours & Seasons

Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park is home to an active community of people, including patient-residents, some clergy, and State and Federal employees. Because it is still a living community, there are no opening or closing hours. However, visitation is restricted in accordance with Hawai'i State Law.

Standard Hours

Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Important to know before you make plans:

Access to the park will be denied to anyone that has not made prior arrangements and obtained necessary authorization as per Hawai`i State Law. The number of visitors allowed into the park is capped at 100 per day per federal law. Persons wishing to access the park must prearrange their visit with Saint Damien & Marianne Cope Molokai Tours, LLC, (808) 895-1673.

The tour is owned and operated by a Kalaupapa patient-resident, and offers visitors the opportunity to see Kalaupapa and Kalawao. Commercial tours operate Monday - Saturday, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Note: If you are unable to visit the peninsula, the Kalaupapa Overlook from 'topside' Molokai at Palaʻau State Park offers wayside interpretive exhibits for visitor learning.

The National Park Service does not offer any scheduled interpretive programs, activities, or provide visitor services because of the restricted nature of visitation to the park. There is no interpretive center at Kalaupapa.

A bookstore is located in the Kalaupapa Settlement at the American of Japanese Ancestry (AJA) Buddhist Hall and is run by the park's cooperating association, Pacific Historic Parks (PHP). They sell interpretive, educational, and souvenir items and it is one of the stops on the commercial tour. The bookstore has limited operating hours Monday - Saturday, and is closed Sundays.

WARNING: Kalaupapa is an extremely isolated community

Furthermore, once you are down in Kalaupapa, there are no medical services. Be prepared that in inclement weather or potential other challenges, 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. The 3.5 mile trail to the park is extremely steep and challenging with uneven surfaces. Hiking the trail is physically demanding and careful consideration should be given to your physical fitness level before beginning the hike.

Last updated: November 21, 2022

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2222
7 Puahi Street

Kalaupapa , HI 96742

Phone:

808 567-6802

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