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Kamakou Preserve, Molokai

Kamakou Preserve, Molokai

  • Name: Kamakou Preserve
  • What: Nature Conservancy site with 250 rare Hawaiian plants
  • Where: East of Kaunakakai near the summit of Molokai's highest mountain
  • More Info: Nature Conservancy Molokai (808) 553-5236, 4-Wheel Drive required

Climb to a place so hidden and so pristine it might feel like you’re the first to discover it. The nearly 2,774-acre Kamakou Preserve on the slopes Kamakou, the island’s highest mountain, is Molokai the way Mother Nature intended.

See more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants, 219 of which can be found nowhere else in the world. Hear the song of the olomao (Molokai thrush) and kawawahie (Molokai creeper), two birds nearing extinction. Tread the three-mile round-trip on the narrow Kamakou boardwalk through unspoiled rain forest. The Nature Conservancy offers a monthly tour of this unique preserve, which is unlike any other on earth. Contact the Nature Conservancy for more information.

To get to Kamakou Preserve, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. You can also look into the lush, valley of Kamakou from the remote Waikolu Valley lookout.