Molokai Landmarks and Monuments

(Molokai, Hawaii - HI, USA)

Photo of church in the Halawa area of the islandThe most visited landmarks and remarkable monuments on Molokai tend to be sited around both Kaunakakai and Kamalo. These landmarks include the historical Kamehameha V Summer Home, the Kamalo Wharf, and also Molokai Harbor, where many visitors come to simply sit down and watch the comings and goings of the luxury yachts

Also of great appeal and within the Kamakou Preserve is the very ancient, naturally formed Mount Kamakou, a giant and imposing landmark which dominates much of Molokai and affords some very memorable island views. If you have time, don't overlook Kaunakakai's unusual Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, a huge group of coconut palms which was planted more than 150 years ago under the instructions of the Hawaiian king, Kamehameha V.

Kamehameha V Summer Home

Address: Off Highway 450 West, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI-96748, Hawaii HI, USA
One of the most significant landmarks remaining on Molokai, the Kamehameha V Summer Home may now been nothing more than ruins, but does offer an idea of its former grandeur, when it served as a holiday house for King Kamehameha V, the king of Hawaii between 1863 and 1872. Kamehameha V left behind him quite a legacy, being known for his achievements in improving Hawaii's trading conditions and implementing an important new constitution. The king was always very fond of this particular residence and enjoying the views and tranquility that it provided.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Kamalo Wharf picture

Kamalo Wharf

Address: Highway 450 East, Kamalo, Molokai, HI-96748, Hawaii HI, USA
The Kamalo Wharf can with found close to Kaunakakai and is a particularly special historical landmark. This large and natural harbor was used by the local shipping industry, before their facilities were moved to the nearby Kaunakakai Wharf. Now completely abandoned, it is worth coming to the Kamalo Wharf for the views alone, with the offshore Hawaiian islands of both Lanai And Maui being clearly visible, along with Mount Kamakou. Keep you eyes peeled and you may even see some sharks swimming by, since they are known to congregate here.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Mount Kamakou

Address: Kamakou Preserve, Molokai, Hawaii HI, USA
Peaking at just over 1,500 metres 4,920 feet, Mount Kamakou is the highest mountain on Molokai. Situated within the vast Kamakou Preserve, which covers around 2,800 acres / 1,133 hectares, Mount Kamakou offers a number of hiking trails and some superb views across the lush rain forests and spreading valleys below, particularly when you reach the summit.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Image of the famous Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove

Address: Highway 450 West, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI-96748, Hawaii HI, USA
In total, 1,000 coconut palms were planted to form the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, each representing a warrior within King Kamehameha V's army, and providing shade to his royal bathing pools. The particular site was chosen due to sacred ponds which are present here. The Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is close to the Kioea Beach Park and on the westerly outskirts of Kaunakakai, covering some 10 acres / 4 hectares. Today, not all of the original coconut trees remain, numbering just a few hundred, although there sheer scale of what was once here is quite easy to imagine, and is still quite impressive.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Molokai Harbor

Address: Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI-96748, Hawaii HI, USA
Dominating much of the island's south shore, Molokai Harbor is a noteworthy local landmark and is always busy, being used by a range of different boats, both large and small, private and chartered. If you are planning to do some island hopping, this is where you boat will most likely depart. A number of hotels, shops and restaurants are located close by, and there is plenty of waterfront seating. The Molokai Princess operates a ferry service here each day, and the very grand Maui Princess also visits the harbor on a regular basis.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free