Looking down the side of the cliffs that isolate the peninsula of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. The size of the cliffs seem dwarfed in photos. The Sunday Traveler stood on the top at the lookout, some 1600 feet up, to contemplate and get an understanding of the complete separation of the peninsula from the rest of the island. One can see how effectively it served as the place chosen to quarantine those afflicted with leprosy when it began to spread throughout the Hawaiian Islands in the 1860s through the 1940s.
Driving up to the lookout, on one of the highest sea cliffs on earth, the heat of the day began to dissipate, and the Sunday Traveler entered the small parking lot within Pala’au State Park. There is a short paved walk through woods to arrive at the overlook vantage point.
The winds were incredible as I got to the winding rock wall that protects this spot of wonder filled views, and served to enhance the feeling of this incredible place.
The following photo was taken with my DSLR on probably full zoom as I remember, to get this interesting photo of the more habitated spot of the peninsula.
There are only three ways to get onto the peninsula of Kalaupapa; hiking, by a guided mule tour, or by a small plane onto the little airstrip. The hike, which requires registration, and mule tour covers 3.2 miles down the cliffs (and back up) and involves 26 switchbacks. I’ll let you guess which way the Sunday Traveler chose to get onto the peninsula, and be back next Sunday to tell you more about the day spent on Kalaupapa.
Until then, Aloha.