- While Father Damien is a famous name throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the name of Kalaupapa is not nearly as recognizable. Yet, it is in this place that the legend of Father Damien began. He arrived in the desolate area in 1873, less than 10 years after King Kamehameha V displaced all Kalaupapa natives and established Molokai's famous leper colony on the tip of the peninsula. Shrouded in mystery and set apart from modern-day Hawaii by location and by choice, the Kalaupapa settlement is located at the very tip of the peninsula. Visitors can only get to the area on a mule or in a plane, and only a few groups are allowed to go at a time. Nevertheless, this is the perfect place whale watching in the winter and early spring months. Admission is free.
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