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NATURE

SCENERY

CHURCH ROW
Located just west of Kaunakakai on Hwy 450 across from Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove.
(Central Molokai)
A line of one-room multi-denominational churches standing altar-to-altar!

HALAWA VALLEY OVERLOOK
Located about 27 miles from Kaunakakai, at the end of the road (Highway 450) at the northeast tip of the island.
(East Molokai)
A lush valley that once supported a large population that grew taro in the numerous wetland fields fed by the valley's streams. Many are now being restored. Locale of ancient heiaus and two plunging waterfalls, the 250 foot Moaula Falls and the 500 foot Hipuapua Falls. A beach park is located where the valley meets the sea.

KAHIWA FALLS
(East Molokai)
The highest waterfall in Hawaii at 1,750 feet. Accessible only by helicopter or by boat during the summer months.

KAIAKA ROCK
(West Molokai)
This rocky headland immediately south of the Kaluakoi Hotel was once the location of a heiau where kahuna (Hawaiian priests) studied navigation. Later, the pineapple companies had a cable landing there, the cement foundations of which are still visible. An ancient village around the slopes has been largely lost due to the golf course. Great place for watching sunsets.

KALAUPAPA OVERLOOK
Located at Palaau State Park, at the end of Hwy. 470, about 10 miles northwest of Kaunakakai.
(Central Molokai)
There is an excellent view from an overlook at the edge of the cliffs of the historic Kalaupapa Peninsula to which persons with Hansen's Disease (leprosy) were once banished. Wayside exhibits at the overlook interpret park themes.

KAPUAIWA COCONUT GROVE
Kaunakakai
(Central Molokai)
Planted in the 1860's by Kamehameha V, this grove has more than 1,000 coconut trees covering 10 acres of land near Kaunakakai. A place with a sense of grandeur.

KAUNAKAKAI WHARF
(Central Molokai)
Allows you to drive nearly a half-mile out over the ocean. Home to deep sea fishing boats. Often piled with local produce and other goods ready for export.

MAPULEHU MANGO GROVE
(East Molokai)
Located 15 miles east of Kaunakakai on Highway 450.
A stand of over 2,000 fruit trees that were planted during the 1930's and now represents one of the largest such groves in the world. The mango grove is on private land. To visit please call (808) 558-8132.

MAUNALOA TOWN
(West Molokai)
Former pineapple plantation town recently rebuilt by Molokai Ranch to include new shops and galleries, a triplex theater and a pineapple museum. Many of the older buildings have been refurbished in plantation-style architecture.

MOKU-HOONIKI ISLAND
(East Molokai)
A pre-historic cinder cone whose Hawaiian name, "Lover's Pinch Island", invites conjecture. Its dark, crumbly cliffs provide a haven for several species of coastal plants and seabirds which can no longer survive on Molokai.

WAIKOLU LOOKOUT AND PICNIC AREA
Access to the lookout is along the unsurfaced Molokai Forest Reserve Road off Kamehameha V Highway (Hwy 450). A 4-wheel drive is required.
(Central Molokai)
Located at the 3,600-foot elevation, the Lookout includes a magnificent panorama of Waikolu Canyon - from the verdant cliffs of the upper gorge with waterfalls and plunge pools, to the ocean, sea cliffs and offshore islands below. There is a picnic area, restrooms, but no water. Tent camping is allowed but a permit is required (see Camping). Picnickers and campers must bring their own drinking water. No open fires are allowed. (Note: the view from the Lookout is sometimes obscured in the afternoon when tradewind clouds envelop the upper Waikolu Canyon.)

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