What to do in Pala'au State Park

Pala'au is the only state park on Molokai, but it is packed with interesting features. The park encompasses 233 acres of land on the northern central shore of the island.

The Kalaupapa overlook provides views of the northern Molokai pali and Kalaupapa peninsula. Interpretive panels at the overlook explain the sights below. Also within the park, and minutes away from the parking lot, is Kauleonanahoa, a phallic shaped rock, believed to enhance fertility in the traditional Hawaiian religion. The rock is surrounded by ironwood trees and a short, easy trail leads to it. The other attraction at this site is a hiking trail through ironwood and eucalyptus forest that leads eastward from the overlook area. Facilities at this park include campsites, picnic tables and restrooms. Drinking water is not available.

The camping and picnic area are in an ironwood grove. The camping area accommodates up to 100 people. A camping permit must be obtained through the Maui District of Hawai'i State Parks: 54 S. High St. #101, Wailuku, HI 96793. ph: (808) 984-8109. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

Recreation opportunities at this state park include hiking, viewing scenery, viewing interpretive panels, photography, visiting historical sites, camping and picnicking.

Pala'au State Park lies on the northern coast of Molokai east of Hoolehua. It is accessible from the end of Kalae Highway.

Molokai has a warm year round temperature that fluctuates little between the seasons. The average yearly temperature is 74 degrees F. Winter months bring more rain and stronger water currents to the island. The eastern portion of Molokai receives notably more rain than the western portion, which lies in the rain shadow of the Kamakou highlands.

1151 Punchbowl, rm. 310
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-587-0300

Fax: 808-587-0311

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