East End, Molokai
Undiscovered country and natural wonders abound on Molokai’s East End. Take a day trip and drive along Kamehameha V Highway with Kamakou, Molokai’s highest mountain at 4,970 feet, to the left and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) in the seas to the right. Pass by historic places like St. Joseph’s Church, built in 1876 by Saint Damien, and Kaluaaha Church, originally built in 1833, Molokai’s first Christian Church.
Stop by Kumimi Beach (also known as 20 Mile Beach or Murphy Beach) for great snorkeling or continue to the end of the road for a picnic at peaceful Halawa Beach Park. Take a guided hike into beautiful and historic Halawa Valley, the only one of Molokai’s five epic valleys that’s easily accessible.
Or follow a different path inland and 4-wheel drive to the Kamakou Preserve, a primeval Hawaiian rainforest home to rare endemic plants and animals. The Waikolu Overlook offers a view into Kamakou’s lush valley. Lining the northeast coast are the towering cliffs of the North Shore Pali. At 3,600 to 3,900 feet, they are the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Contact the Nature Conservancy for more information.