Things to do in Kaunakakai

Top Things to Do in Kaunakakai

Things to Do in Kaunakakai

Top Attractions in Kaunakakai


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  • kyzrdg
    Millville, Ca111 contributions
    Murphys Beach is also referred to as 20 mile beach, as it sits at the 20 mile marker on the road. Beach area is protected by the fringe reef so there is no big surf here. There is shade, sand is nice, and it’s really easy to park right up next to where you want to sit. This is not a beach to boogie board, swim, or surf. Very shallow with rocks and coral. Generally ther is enough sand in the water to get out about thigh deep and take a dip to cool off. Surprisingly there are few people here as it’s one of the easier beaches to access on Molokai. Water clarity is clear and if you are okay with coral and rocks 12-13 “ under you while snorkeling, it’s fair. Most people say snorkeling in the wintertime on Molokai isn’t very good because of the winter swell and I totally agree.
    Written 16 March 2022
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  • jokerji
    Ann Arbor, MI714 contributions
    Decent place to stop for a few mins - nothing much to see there and do around this place. You can spend a few mins taking some pictures..
    Written 17 January 2022
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  • TimeTravelerAdventures
    Lake Forest, CA225 contributions
    This is one of the temple sights where human sacrifice took place. It dates from 1300 AD and possibly earlier. Not too much different from other heiau sites throughout the islands.
    Written 28 March 2020
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  • Gregory H
    Reno, NV106 contributions
    Not much to see, but worth driving out as far as you con. I guess you could get out and look at the boats tied up.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Mimi
    Seaside, FL4 contributions
    True to their word! I placed an order for a lei to be sent to a treasured friend near Boston USA and her lei arrived exactly as promised. She was absolutely thrilled with the freshness and fragrance of the beautiful flowers. Thank you for helping me to surprise my friend and to be able to share Molokai with her.
    Many thanks!
    Mary
    Written 23 March 2022
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  • The Laws
    2 contributions
    Had a lot of fun chatting while touring their garden, helping gather orders, and learning about the chocolate making process. The flowers are absolutely stunning! Challenging to find, but worth the adventure. After the church, the dirt road will fork and you need to go straight/left not right. Then you start looking for the grass hut. We ended up coming in the back way b/c we went right now knowing/got to a bridge owned by the ranch/then followed a grass trail to them.
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • Kurt H
    Salt Lake City, UT346 contributions
    Two beaches in Molokai are "beach snorkelable," with the other being Dixie Maru on the far southwest side. Murphy Beach (aka Waialua) is great for kids, as it is shallow, probably maximum 3ft out 100 ft and protected especially inside the old rock wall rubble. Almost no fish inside the rock pile. Outside, there are few, so intermediate to advance snorkelers probably not so happy due to fish shortage. However, there are small fragments of colorful coral and the shallow waters make the beach great for kids. There also are some good shade trees to rest beneath. Wheelchair accessibility would only be one of the new rugged terrain wheelchairs or to stay in one of the parking areas, which is doable.
    Written 30 January 2020
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  • Pepper
    Seattle, WA1 730 contributions
    This one seems more utilized and while it has been saved, peeling doors and railings cry out for a fix up party. Still, a lovely setting and a spiritual purity in its simplicity and setting. You can walk in - or at least it was unlocked for us.
    Written 19 December 2020
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  • Gregory H
    Reno, NV106 contributions
    The coconut palms are there but that is about it. However, this is the place to go to get a coconut if you want to mail a coconut home.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Barbara K
    Prescott, AZ47 contributions
    Drive to Kawela Battlefield by keeping to right to end below water tower. Good walk up to water tower with awesome views of the ocean and Lanai!! 1000s died fighting King Kamehameha there. Bones and artifacts are still being found. DO NOT remove anything from the area so archeologists can research it.
    Written 5 May 2017
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  • KulaBob
    Maui157 contributions
    First and foremost, unless you are Hawaiian do not attempt to go here. The owners of the ranch don't even approach this site. View from a distance only.

    Lanikaula was a kahuna who befriended a traitor from Lanai. His rival kahuna discovered where he buried his waste and took some home to burn it.

    When Lanikaula saw the blue fire from the Ana Ana Kahuna's fire across the water he knew he was going to die. He asked his sons to bury him in a special way.

    They placed his body under a kukui grove so his bones wouldn't be dug up and used as fish hooks. Kukui's are kapu so no man would touch them.

    You can view the grove from a spot across the road from the ranch store. Climb up on the field edge and you'll see the tree tops in the distance.

    Another good viewing place is north of Kapalua on Maui. Look across the channel at Molokai and you'll see the tall kukui trees on the horizon.
    Written 26 September 2016
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  • auggie_tech1
    Palm Harbor, FL205 contributions
    If you are shopping in town this is worth a stop. It's in the middle of town and taken well care of.
    Written 6 September 2018
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  • J R W
    Carson City, NV546 contributions
    In the past one could lather up with mosquitoe repellant and enjoy a nice hike up to the water falls. We did it for years. Recently however, some of the local residents prohit crossing through their lands to get there --- unless you pay and arm and a leg for a guided tour. Still a great experience through a real rain forest with petroglyphs and old home sites and heiaus. Moaula Falls always has water falling. I haven't been there since about 1985 but used to go a number of times a year.
    Written 12 March 2012
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  • Anthony I
    Vancouver, Canada60 contributions
    Very long beach with nice sand. You need a good pair of beach shoes to wade or swim because of the rocks and stones in the surf
    Written 28 June 2016
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  • LaBeau808
    Hawaii125 contributions
    Refuge has been "mothballed" for lack of funding. Kiawe and cattails have completely taken over the former wetlands. Much of the water dried up when development above on the hillside tapped into the water table. There is no longer any habitat for the native waterbirds and migratory birds it was set aside to protect.
    Written 1 September 2016
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