Kalaupapa is truly a special place in Hawaii, and like no other you will ever experience. The Kalaupapa National Historical Park & Guided Mule Tour is one that even seasoned travelers cherish, as one of their most memorable Hawaii experiences.

In the cool Molokai uplands, a pack of mules prepare for the day’s ride down to the world’s most unique and formerly forbidden village of Kalaupapa. The journey begins from the Mule Barn with a mule guide briefing. You’ll learn your mule’s name and the Mule Skinners (guides) will teach you how to ride and control the mules. No worries, these mules are personally trained by company owner Buzzy is also considered one of Hawaii’s foremost experts on Mules.

You will be riding down 1,700 feet of the most spectacular as well as the highest sea cliffs in the world (recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records). Located on the central northern coast of the island of Molokai, some of the more remote  areas of this park include rare native habitat for several endangered endemic Hawaiian plants and animals. The boundless beauty you will experience as you traverse down the 2.9 mile trail, with 26 switchbacks, leaves most folks absolutely speechless.

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. You’ll see the grave site of Father Damien, the heroic Belgium Priest who loved and served this colony of outcasts. Visit St. Philomena Church, where Damien preached to his banished parishioners. Enjoy your lunch, (included with the tour) at Judd Park on the scenic Kalawao side, overlooking sea cliffs and waterfalls, dramatic ocean rock formations and crashing surf.

If you’re planning a trip to the islands soon, don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime.