Makanalua is a ten-square-mile (16 sq km) peninsula and is part of the North Shore of Molokai. There are three separate districts on the peninsula: Kalaupapa, Kalawao and Makanalua. The peninsula is bordered on three sides by the Pacific, and on the fourth, by vertical cliffs. Early inhabitants of Molokai made their way in and out mostly by sea, as fishing around the peninsula was bountiful.
Today, the trail descending the 1,600-foot-high (488m) cliffs to Kalaupapa is traveled by mules, who transport visitors to and from Kalaupapa. Some of the workers at the settlement also commute on foot daily on this trail. Visitors as well may hike the switchback in and out of Kalaupapa. The peninsula's terrain is flat: Translated, Kalaupapa means "level land resembling a flat leaf."
Perhaps the most beautiful spot in Hawaii, the Kalaupapa Peninsula has been a place of pain and amazing sacrifice.
As the site of Father Damien's ministry to the sufferers of Hansen's Disease, it is the most famous landmark on Molokai. It is administered today by the National Park Service and a limited number of visitors are allowed each day.
To take the required tour, you can choose to hike in and out on the cliff side trail that descends 1600' over 2.6 miles.
Offered Monday through Saturday
Must be at least 16 years old to participate
Bring your own water, sunscreen, backpacks and snacks