Hiking To Kalaupapa
Molokai Outdoors Activities offers two options for those wishing to hike the Kalaupapa Trail. (We also sell a t-shirt to mark the moment with.)
Option one is to hike in and fly out and option two is for those who really want to test their stamina by hiking in and out.
We use Makani Kai Air for the fly up options and this is perfect way to see the sea cliffs from the air. Please email us or call us for availability on the fly out option. You will need to make separate reservations for your shuttle from the airport to the trail and we will be happy to help you there.
Hike In & Fly Out
Make a reservation for the Damien Tour here on the website or directly with us, and that way you have your permit. Then book with Makani Kai for a one way flight up from Kalaupapa and let them know you already have a permit and just need a one way only. Our crew will shuttle you to the trailhead at either 7:15 or 7:30 a.m.
Times may vary. (Special requests can be made for an earlier or later shuttle.) Once there you can
enjoy a leisurely hike down the trail where you will meet up with air tour participants and mule riders for a four-hour bus tour of the Kalaupapa penninsula with
Damien Tours. At the end of the day, the bus will shuttle you back to the airport for a scenic flight back to topside Molokai.
Hike In & Out
The boundless beauty you will experience as you traverse the 2.9 mile trail, with 26 switchbacks, leaves most folks absolutely speechless. This hike is strenuous on the knees going down the 1600 ft descent. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
Upon arriving in Kalaupapa, you'll be met by your Damien Tours guide and for the next few hours you'll experience one of Hawaii's most remarkable tours, in a community hidden from the world for so many years. You will learn about the leper colony, its people, incredible tales of struggle and human suffering, along with stories of courage and love.
All hikers to Kalaupapa must obtain a permit and a reservation for the Damien Tour. Book your Damien Tour through Molokai Outdoors Activities below.
Hike In & Out
Once in Kalaupapa, Damien Tours picks up hikers, mule riders and folks that fly in, for a trip back in time and place as you explore the Kalaupapa Penninsula.
The bus picks you up from your arrival point in Kalaupapa (the airport for folks that fly in and the foot of the trail for mule riders and hikers)
and takes you through the new settlement with
stops at St Frances Church, Mother Marianne's gravesite, and the visitor center.
Damien Tours takes you to the old settlement that Father Damien founded. Here you will visit St.
Philomena's church, which Father Damien built. Father Damien's gravesite is next to the church. Visitors
can also walk to Siloama protestant church, the first church to be built in Kalawao.
Lunch at Kalawao
Enjoy your lunch and soak in the beauty of the North Shore of Molokai.
Return to airport or trail depending on how you plan to leave.
See our Kalaupapa Activity Pricelist for a complete list of alternatives and tour prices for visiting Kalaupapa.
What to Bring
- Cash - No bills larger than $20 (merchants in Kalaupapa do not accept credit cards for purchase of books and post cards)
- Hiking Shoes
- Bottled water if you are hiking.
- Something to read if you are flying.
Waiting time may occur either before and/or after the Damien Tour depending on number of flyers and/or weather.
If you would like our assistance with arranging your Kalaupapa hike and Damien Tour, please use the
Contact Form to let us know how we can help.