This road leads into and through the Molokai Forest Reserve. The
initial 5.5 miles of road passes through pasture lands before reaching
the forest reserve boundary. Inside the forest reserve, the road
travels another 3.3 miles to the Lua Moku Iliahi (Sandlewood Measuring
Pit). This historic site is a 75` long boat-shaped pit dug in the early
1800`s when the sandlewood trade was flourishing. One mile further
along you reach the Waikolu Lookout and Picnic Area. This recreation
area consists of a picnic area with toilet facilities (but no water)
and a lookout on the southwest rim of Waikolu Canyon. The lookout
includes a magnifican panorama of Waikolu Canyon from the verdant
cliffs of the upper gorge with waterfalls and plunge pools. Sea cliffs
and offshore islands can be seen at the mouth of the canyon. The view
is often obscured in the afternoons when tradewind clouds envelop the
upper canyon. Wear bright clothing. Be aware that you may encounter
hunters who are hunting off the trail. Stay on trail.
About 3.5 miles northwest of Kaunakakai on Highway 460, turn east onto
the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, across from the rock crusher. Continue
9.8 miles up this unpaved main road.
roads and trails beyond the Waikolu Lookout are under the jurisdiction
of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Contact the Office Manager before
entering and for further information about permitted activities.
Hunting is allowed for wild goats, pigs and Axis deer in this area on
Saturday, Sunday, and State hoildays. Wear brightly colored clothing.
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and
color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features
are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch
off from the public features may be on private property, and are not
managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent
landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing
and possibly putting yourself at risk.
For more information http://www.hawaiitrails.org/home.asp