Go to a Farmers’ Market
79. RIDE A MULE TO KALAUPAPA
Moloka‘i is famous for its cliff-hugging MULE RIDES along the world’s highest sea cliffs. The trek follows the KALAUPAPA TRAIL, which descends approximately 1,700 feet to the Kalaupapa Peninsula. The destination, KALAUPAPA NATIONAL PARK, is where, for more than a century, people suffering from leprosy—later called Hansen’s disease—lived and died in isolation. Today, Kalaupapa is a NATIONAL PARK, the only one located in an active Hansen’s disease settlement. The settlement’s heritage is preserved in its structures and graveyards. And the legacy of the priest who sacrificed his life to live and work with the patients is very much in evidence. Canonized in 2009, he’s now known as SAINT DAMIEN OF MOLOKA‘I.
A second Kalaupapa caretaker, Mother Marianne Cope, was declared a saint in October 2012. She also is known as SAINT MARIANNE OF MOLOKA‘I.
Getting to Kalaupapa isn’t easy. Limited plane flights that eventually land at the settlement are available, and some people hike, but the mule ride is probably the most popular route.
MOLOKA‘I MULE RIDE’S headquarters are located on Highway 470 at mile marker 5. NOTE: There are no overnight accommodations in the park. This is a trek that requires advance planning. Call the company at (808) 567-6088 or (800) 567-7550 well in advance. Visit muleride.com for further details.
80. SEE AN ARMY OF PALM TREES
If you are looking for a one-of-akind view once you’ve arrived in MOLOKA‘I, all you need to find is the lovely bunch of coconut trees. Located on the south shore of Moloka‘i, KAPUAIWA COCONUT
BEACH PARK boasts a stunning sunset view accented by hundreds of majestic palms.
This HISTORIC LANDMARK, one of the largest groves of ROYAL PALM
TREES still existing in Hawai‘i, isn’t a coincidence of nature. In the 1860s, King Kamehameha V had 1,000 royal coconut palm trees planted to represent each warrior in his mighty army. He chose this location for its SEVEN SACRED
POOLS, where (royalty) bathed. ali‘i You will only be able to view the grove (rumored to have originally spanned 10 acres) from the outside, in order to keep your head safe from falling coconuts. However, bring a picnic, as the nearby KIOWEA BEACH PARK, just to the west and easily within viewing distance, is a lovely place to catch a view and some rays.
NOTE: At the water’s edge of Kiowea Beach Park you also can find a concrete MILITARY BUNKER left from WWII, a reminder of Hawai‘i’s complex history.
Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is located 1.5 miles east of Kaunakakai on Highway 460. Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove will be on the left, across the street from Church Row.
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