Saturday, November 14, 2009

Father Damien's roost

Molokai's north coast. The 3 mile trail from topside to Kalaupapa hugs the nearly perpendicular cliffs and descends 1,600 feet to the peninsula.  Twenty-six switchbacks corkscrew in and out of canyons and ravines.

The leper colony is now a National Historic site and still home to a few former patients who have chosen to remain there.  Access is strictly regulated.  Tours can be arranged through Damien Tours of Kalaupapa for $40.