Kamakou Preserve

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Kamakou Preserve

What: Nature Conservancy site with 250 rare Hawaiian plants
Where: East of Kaunakakai near the summit of Molokai's highest mountain

Kamakou Preserve is a place so hidden and pristine that it might feel like you’re the first to discover it. The nearly 2,774-acre preserve on the slopes of 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 3-mile round-trip on the narrow Kamakou boardwalk through unspoiled rain forest.
 
Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers lead a monthly hike from April through October along a narrow boardwalk through Kamakou Preserve. Long pants and covered shoes with adequate traction are recommended for boardwalk hikers. An events schedule is available. Contact the Nature Conservancy for more information.
 
To get to Kamakou Preserve, a four-wheel drive vehicle is required. You can also view the lush Waikolu Valley.