Top 14 National & State Parks in Hawaii (2023 Guide) – Trips To Discover

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokaʻi

The history behind Kalaupapa National Historical Park is linked to the time when leprosy was first introduced to the Hawaiian islands, and the affected people were sent to the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai’s north shore. During your visit, you’ll learn how over 8,000 people died here since 1886. Today, the area is home to some remaining residents who are healthy now but have a family history of living in isolation. In addition to history, you can learn about threatened and endangered species that live here. You must get a free permit before entering this park, which can be secured through two guided tour companies. You must be at least 16 years old to visit the park, and there are no shopping or dining facilities onsite. Be aware that the 3.5-mile trail to the park is steep, uneven, and challenging.