In order to gain access to Kalauapapa Settlement, the State of Hawaii - Department of Health requires that all visitors obtain a permit through a Resident residing in Kalaupapa.  Purchasing a Tour on Damien Tours will provide you a permit of Sponsorship to enter Kalaupapa. 

We ask that all visitors respect the rules and guidelines put in place by the Hawaii State Department of Health, the National Park Service, and the Damien Tours guides to ensure the safety, and a positive living environment for the remaining patients living in Kalaupapa. 

Hospital: There are No Medical Services available to visitors at Kalaupapa. 

Visitation of Minors: Children under the age of sixteen (16) are not permitted in Kalaupapa Settlement. 

Restrooms: Public restrooms are located at the Airport Terminal, the Administration Building, Lion's Club "Ocean View Pavilion, National Park's Kalawao Pavilion, and Pali Trail Bathroom (across from Mule Corral/Stables). 

Photography: Photography of patients may not be taken without their written permission. This includes their property. Permits may be picked up at the State of Hawaii Administrative Office. "Making or taking of pictures without permission prohibited. (a) No person shall photograph, film, or videotape any patient at any facility maintained by the department of health for the care and treatment of persons with Hansen's disease, without the written permission of the patient. (b) Any person violating this section shall be fined not more than $1,000 per incident. ( National Park Service. Pg. 13 http://www.nps.gov/kala/learn/management/upload/Hrs326.pdf).

Camping: Is NOT ALLOWED anywhere. 

No Littering: Please be respectful of this Makanalua Peninsula. Do your part to maintain the pristine beauty, as a steward of the aina (land) and all that lives and grows here. 

Use of Natural Resources: Visitors of patient residents, visitors of employees, and short-term volunteers may only fish with poles.  No Net fishing by any guests will be allowed.  No diving tanks, or scuba allowed.  No surf boarding or boogie boards. No Opihi picking. No pets allowed - unless the animal is certified as a Service Animal. No diving off the pier. 

No Trespassing: Trespassing onto personal property is strictly prohibited. This includes: any fruit, vegetable, or flower picking. 

Attitude: Honor and respect the history of those who once lived here and Particularly those who reside there and call this special place "Home". 

Park Information: Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) preserves the cultural and Natural resources of two Hansen's Disease (leprosy) settlements on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. Today, the disease poses no threat, but the peninsula remains closed to protect the privacy of the resident-patients still living in the settlement.  The park is open to the public; however, visitation is limited in accordance with Hawai'i State Law. (Trail Safety, Kalaupapa National Park Safety, 2016). 

Permitted Access - All visitors must be part of a scheduled commercial tour and require a permit. Hiking the Pali Trail without a permit is strictly prohibited. Violators are subject to citation and/ or arrest. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted on the trail or to visit Kalaupapa Settlement. Permits to hike the trail and tour Kalaupapa can be arranged through a commercial tour company. Visitors are encouraged to make these reservations in advance. (Trail Safety, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, 2016).

​Trail Safety - The 3.5 Pali Trail to Kalaupapa is extremely strenuous with steep uneven surfaces. Trail conditions can be wet and muddy in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. Footing can be slippery. A rain jacket, brimmed hat, and sucreen are recommended. Visitors who hike the trail should carry plenty of water. Hiking the trail can be physically demanding and careful consideration should be given to your physical fitness level before beginning the hike.  If you are injured on the trail, please be aware that there are no medical services in Kalaupapa. Response time for any injuries can take hours. Additionally, lack of cell phone receptoin can make calling for help difficult. (Trail Safety, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, 2016). 

Before you Begin Your Hike - Plan Ahead and be Prepared. Find out trail conditions before hiking. *Wear proper clothing and footwear. Communicate your plans. Tell someone what time you plan to start hiking and what time you will return. Know your abilities. Some level of fitness is needed to hike the trail. Do warm up stretches before your hike. Take a 10-minute break at least once every hour. Pack lightly. The less you carry down, the less you have to carry up. Stay hydrated. Drink water frequently and eat often. Watch your time. Coming up may take more than twice as long as your descent...(Trail Safety, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, 2016). 


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