Kalaupapa Experience

Among all the things you can do when in Hawaii, a visit to Kalaupapa will surely rank among the most memorable. Here, where blessed Saints Damien and Marianne gave so much of themselves in their tireless mission to provide comfort for Hansen’s disease patients, you will come to know the devotion and historical context of this incredible chapter in Hawaii history.

This tour is available from Honolulu, Kahului, Maui, and from topside Molokai. You may choose to fly in and fly out, fly in and hike out, or take the mule ride in and out. When flying in from Honolulu, bring a book to read or another way to pass the time as, in true Hawaiian style, the tour bus will arrive when it does; there is no pressing schedule for the residents of Kalaupapa. Your guide will take you on a comprehensive ground tour and provide background and fascinating facts about this unique community. You’ll be provided with insight and understanding of what happened here and why Hawaii’s two saints are so revered.

For everyone except those who choose to hike in and out, box lunch and bottled water will be provided. You will have an opportunity to purchase snacks and souvenirs in Kalaupapa.

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* If you wish to hike down to Kalaupapa, please arrange to have a cab take you from the airport at Ho’olehua to Molokai Mule Ride at 290
puu Kapele Avenue, which is near the trail head.

** A minimum of six passengers are required for flight from Kapalua, Maui

• If you have a rental car, it is best to leave your car at the airport and catch a ride to the start of the trail. Call Hele Mai Taxi at (808) 336-0967
the day before to reserve your cab. Let them know that you would like to be at the mule barn to pick up your ticket between 8:00 a.m. and
8:10 a.m.

• The total distance of your hike is approximately 3.2 miles. You should plan to be at the bottom of the trail at the mule corrals no later than
10:15 a.m. The bus tour originates there. Let the bus driver know that you are on a hike down / fly out package with Makani Kai Air Charter.

• At the end of the tour, you will stay on the bus and be dropped off at the Kalaupapa Airport.

• If there is inclement weather, please stop at the mule barn topside prior to starting down to check if there are any reports from Kalaupapa.
It is rare, but once in a great while, bad weather will preclude you from making the hike to avoid unnecessary risks.

• Makani Kai Air will provide you with lunch and bottled water. The packaged rate also includes your hike in permit, historical park tour with
Damien Tour Company, and your flight back up to the Ho’olehua Airport.


Online booking should be made at least one week in advance of your desired
tour date. If you are within seven days of the date, please call us to book your flight.


Must be at least 16 years of age to take this tour due to Department of Health regulations.

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