Molokai Travel Guide

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Palaau State Park

  • Rte. 470 Map It
  • Kaunakakai
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

One of the island's few formal recreation areas, this 233-acre retreat sits at a 1,000-foot elevation. A short path through an ironwood forest leads to Kalaupapa Lookout, a magnificent overlook with views of the town of Kalaupapa and the 1,664-foot-high sea cliffs protecting it. Informative plaques have facts about leprosy, Saint Damien, and the colony. The park is also the site of Kaule O Nanahoa (Phallus of Nanahoa), where women in old Hawaii would come to the rock to enhance their fertility; it is said some still do. Because the rock is a sacred site, be respectful and don't deface the boulders. The park is well maintained, with trails, camping facilities, restrooms, and picnic tables.

Sight Information

Address:

Rte. 470, Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96757, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 01/20/2010

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