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Kalaupapa National Historic Park

Located in the state of Hawaii

Kalaupapa National Historic Park is a United States National Historic Park located in Kalaupapa, Hawaii, on the island of Molokai. Coterminous with the boundaries of Kalawao County and primarily on Kalaupapa peninsula, it was established by Congress in 1980 to expand upon the earlier National Historic Landmark site of the Kalaupapa Leper Settlement. It is administered by the National Park Service. Its goal is to preserve the cultural and physical settings of the two leper colonies on the island of Molokai, which operated from 1866 to 1969 and had a total of 8500 residents over the decades.

  • This area is extremely remote and strenuous, not recommended for dogs.
  • Must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times
  • Pick up after your dog at all times – Leave no trace

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Inside buildings (unless service animal)
  • Never leave your pet unattended or alone inside a vehicle
  • Never off leash – unless inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate or other portable kennel
  • Untagged dogs or dogs with uncurrent tags
  • Excessive barking

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Extreme range of weather
  • Extreme heat
  • Kiawe thorns
  • Other spiny and prickly land & water plants
  • Predatory sea life
  • Ticks, biting and poisonous insects
  • Do not drink from waterways
  • Bring plenty of drinking water
  • Swim safely, extreme water areas

Leash Laws: Most parks require dogs to be on a leash in some or all areas, however, some parks allow dogs off leash in certain locations, please consult the parks website before going off leash, Thank you!

  • There are no roads to Kalaupapa due to the steep cliffs (pali) and surrounding ocean. Visitors may reach Kalaupapa peninsula by hiking or riding mules down the steep Kalaupapa Trail from the topside trailhead located off Highway 470 near Pala’au State Park and the Kalaupapa overlook. The trail is considered strenuous, having twenty-six switchbacks with a 1700 foot elevation change over three miles distance. At the end of the trail, visitors must connect with the commercial tour.
  • Consult the park website before traveling all information is to be used as a guide.
  • Respect local wildlife.
  • Leave no trace – What you bring in, you bring out.
  • If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a “palm test” is recommended before walking your dog – place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog’s paws.

(808) 567-6802

Kalaupapa National Historic Park Website

Kalaupapa National Historic Park Camping

Kalaupapa National Historic Park Hiking

Kalaupapa National Historic Park Volunteer

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