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Kalaupapa National Historical Park

  • Also Known As: Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Enduring Spirit, Sacred Ground

When Hansen's disease (leprosy) was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands, King Kamehameha V banished all afflicted to the isolated Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai.

Since 1866, more than 8000 people, mostly Hawaiians, have died at Kalaupapa. Once a prison, Kalaupapa is now refuge for the few remaining residents who are now cured, but were forced to live their lives in isolation. - NPS



Name of Notable Genus AsNotedIn No Address Proximity Area
Name Genus AsNotedIn Address Proximity Area
US Coast Guard Molokai Light
  • Sight
  • NRHP
N of Kalaupapa


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Board of Health,Hawaii Architect
1889/04/15 Father Damien Significant name Dies of leprosy
1889/05/00 Robert Louis Stevenson Visitor Robert Louis Stevenson visits Molakia, staying for a week at Kalaupapa.

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Hawai'i State law requires all individuals to secure a permit prior to entering Kalaupapa. Visitor Permits are secured by Damien Tours for individuals booking with them. Persons that do not prearrange their visit to the park with Damien Tours (808) 567-6171 will be denied access to the park.

Note: There are no medical facilities at Kalaupapa. The 3.5 mile trail to the park is extremely steep with uneven surfaces. Only very physically fit persons should attempt hiking this challenging trail. - NPS

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Particulars for Kalaupapa National Historical Park:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Hawaiian
Area of Significance Health-medicine
Area of Significance Historic - aboriginal
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hospital
Criteria Information Potential
Historic Use Institutional housing
Vocation Missionary
Level of Significance National
Cultural Affiliation Pacific-Islander
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Area of Significance Social History
Owner State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 76002145
Resource Type:
Owner: State, Federal
Architect: Board of Health,Hawaii
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Hawaiian
Other Certification: Designated unit of the National Park Service, Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Pacific-Islander, Community Planning and Development, Historic - aboriginal, Historic and non-aboriginal, Health-medicine, Architecture, Religion, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person, Information Potential
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Cultural Affiliation: Hawaiian, European,missionary
Period of Significance: 1950-1974, 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1866, 1969
Associated People: Damien,Rev. Joseph
Historic Function: Domestic, Health care, Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure, Institutional housing, Hospital
Current Function: Health care, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Hospital Conservation area

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