West Maui, Molokai, Pailolo, and Kaluapapa by Helicopter
As a courtesy to all travelers, we do not allow iPads or other tablet PCs for use as photographic devices, as they can impede the view of other passengers. Smartphones may be used as a camera, but will need to be put it in airplane mode during the flight. GoPro®s are welcomed on board as hand-held devices, but extending accessories/attachment handles are not permitted.
Lahaina Tender: If arriving from Lahaina port, please book your tender reservations with the ship 24 hours prior to tour time to ensure that you are at the pier side in time for your tour pick up. Inform the ship staff that you require a tender reservation (a tender reservation is a reservation with another vessel that will transport you from the ship to pier side).
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Special Medical Restriction
In the 1860s, many native Hawaiians contracted diseases from sailors and traders; influenza, syphilis, and most notably, leprosy. Thought to be highly contagious, the Hawaiian Legislature and King Kamehameha V approved the "Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy" quarantining lepers to Kalawao on Molokai's Kaluapapa Peninsula.
In 1866, the first boatload of lepers arrived to find very little support; occasional food, few medicines, and total isolation. Lawlessness took over. In 1873, a Catholic priest known as Father Damien visited and was so struck by all the suffering, he stayed on, dedicating himself to helping.
There for many years before contracting leprosy himself, Father Damien built a church, a reservoir, an orphanage, and new homes. He made coffins, dug graves, dressed ulcers, got clean water, and provided warmer clothes for the residents of this unfortunate settlement. He turned despair into hope for the poor souls sent to live on the isolated Peninsula.
When Father Damien passed in 1889, there was a global outpouring of love, respect, and reverence for his selfless sacrifice. In 1936, at the request of his homeland, his body was returned to be buried in Louvain, Belgium. In 1995, a relic of his hand was returned to his original grave at Kalawao and in 2009, he was canonized a Saint in the Catholic Church.
The price of progress
Oahu draws 3.2 million tourists a year. But Molokai – only 17,500. And that's how they like it. Sure, a gallon of milk is $9, but that's a small price to keep it the heaven it is. They've fought off all the development they can. There's one hotel. Few restaurants. No nightlife. No stop lights. No luxury. No buildings taller than their tallest palm. It is unspoiled Hawaii, and rightly rated one of the best islands in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.