Monday, August 21, 2017

Kalaupapa Airport (LUP)

Kalaupapa Airport, located in Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai, serves visitors to the Kalaupapa National Historic Park and the State Department of Health Hansen’s Disease facility. The airport consists of a single runway and is owned and operated by the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation Airports Division. Most flights to Kalaupapa Airport originate from commuter airports on the other islands by air taxi operators.

Kalaupapa Airport is located two miles north of the Kalaupapa settlement and only serves commuter and air taxi operations. Since its commission in 1934 several improvements have been made to the airport which includes the widening and extension of the runway and lighting to allow for nighttime operations in case of emergencies. Kalaupapa Airport features a single passenger terminal.

Visiting Kalaupapa National Historic Park

It is essential for visitors to Kalaupapa National Historic Park to obtain a permit from the Hawaii Department of Health or Damien Tours, the tour company authorized to arrange permits. Air reservations cannot be made without a permit. Children under 16 are not permitted. Commercial tours of the Kalauapapa settlement, mule rides on the trail, and air tickets need prior reservation. Damien Tours offer prearranged tours. They can be contacted on 808) 567-6171 for further details. The park is open throughout the year although visitation is restricted. Commercial tours are conducted Monday through Saturday. However, make sure to apply for a permit and make your reservations early. Pacific Wings is the only airline to serve Kalaupapa Airport.