Are there still lepers in Kalaupapa?

A tiny number of Hansen’s disease patients still remain at Kalaupapa, a leprosarium established in 1866 on a remote, but breathtakingly beautiful spit of land on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Thousands lived and died there in the intervening years, including a later-canonized saint.

Is there still leprosy on Molokai?

For more than 150 years, the island of Molokai in Hawaii was home to thousands of leprosy victims who gradually built up their own community and culture. As of 2015, six leprosy patients still live on the island, where they have elected to stay.

How do you pronounce Kalaupapa?


Is the Kalaupapa Trail open?

Kalaupapa National Historical Park is pleased to announce that the Kalaupapa Pali Trail is now open after major trail and bridge repairs were recently completed.

Can you hike to the leper colony on Molokai?

You have three options: On Foot: Hike down the Kalaupapa Cliffs. The trail to Kalaupapa descends 26 switchbacks with a nearly 2,000-foot elevation change over 3.5 miles. It is a strenuous hike down that can get very muddy.

Who lives on Molokai now?

Molokai is home to around 7,500 people and 40 per cent are native Hawaiians—the highest concentration of all the state’s main islands. There are zero traffic lights, two gas stations, and over 160 kilometres of coastline, with the southern side of the island boasting the most extensive coral reefs in the state.

Can you visit Molokai Covid?

If you visit Maui, Lanai or Molokai, you must use a COVID exposure notification application. Maui County received approval from the governor to require all incoming inter-island and trans-Pacific travelers to use a COVID exposure application/setting on their smart phone or else face a 10-day quarantine.

What makes Kalaupapa National Historical Park so special?

It’s scenic, isolated and peaceful here, but the story of Kalaupapa National Historical Park is even more compelling. This special community was once home to Belgian missionary Saint Damien and later, to Saint Marianne Cope.

What happened to the Kalaupapa Peninsula?

The centuries-long habitation of the Kalaupapa Peninsula by non–patient Hawaiian people came to an end. The Board of Health began relocating patients to the Kalaupapa side of the peninsula, because the climate was warmer and dryer, and freight and passengers could be landed more easily.

What is the history of Kalaupapa hospital?

Starting in 1900 the Board of Health implemented a plan to provide high quality services, facilities, utilities, and medical care for patients at Kalaupapa. A major construction program began, with individual cottages, dormitories, hospital facilities and other buildings being built.

Can I cancel my Kalaupapa National Historical Park tour?

If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 2 Kalaupapa National Historical Park tours on Tripadvisor