Kalaupapa is a remote park on the island of Molokai, filled with cultural heritage and potential hazards. There is no guarantee of your safety. Regulations are strictly enforced to protect you and the park's resources.
Unfortunately, emergencies can happen in the park. If an emergency arises, call 911. You may also contact Kalaupapa NHP Dispatch at 1-877-428-6911 (24 hours) or the Molokai Police Department at 808-553-5355. Please be aware that lack of cell phone reception in the park can make calling for help difficult.
There are no medical facilities available in the Kalaupapa Settlement. Any emergency medical response requires a helicopter flight to Oʻahu or Maui. If you have a medical emergency, response time for injuries may take hours. Do not rely on cell reception in an emergency.
The 3.5 miles trail to the park is extremely strenuous with steep, uneven surfaces. Rockslides and mudslides on the trail are not uncommon.Trail conditions can be wet and muddy in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. Footing can be slippery.
Before You Begin Your Hike
Judd ParkJudd Park is surrounded by steep, eroding cliffs along the ocean. Please use caution in this area and enter eroding areas at your own risk.
HurricanesHurricane season in Hawaii runs from June to November. Any park closures due to hurricanes or tropical storms will be posted on the park website and park social media pages. Further information about hurricanes can be found at NOAA's Pacific Hurricane Center.
TsunamisTsunamis can happen at any time. If you are at the park when a tsunami watch, advisory, or warning is issued, follow the instructions given to you. Further information about tsunamis can be found at NOAA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
PrecautionsSite conditions can vary depending on weather and time of year. Remember to always wear sunscreen and a hat and to drink plenty of water when visiting the park. Watch for falling coconuts within the settlement. Carry insect repellent. Never hike without water; carry two to three liters per person. Watch your footing on uneven and sloped surfaces.
Last updated: December 13, 2022