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RJ748 wrote a review Mar 2020
Grass Valley, California498 contributions162 helpful votes
The trail from the parking lot to Kalaupapa Lookout is paved and seemed relatively short. At the trailhead there is a map which appears to show an equivalent distance from the parking lot to this rock. In reality, it took longer to get from the parking lot to the rock than from the parking lot to the Lookout. Perhaps the trail was longer, the map not to scale. Or it could have been because the trail to the rock is slightly uphill, unpaved, and gnarled with tree roots. The trail to the rock traverses a pretty and quiet forested area. I was wearing walking sandals, and had to tread carefully so as not to trip on the tree roots in the path. The rock itself was underwhelming, but I figure it's more about the journey than the destination. Molokai is a relaxing island offering quiet and off-the-beaten path experiences for folks who seek them out. Once you reach the rock, you'll find an informative sign explaining the myth surrounding the place. At the end of the trail, I encountered just two other hikers. Both were wearing flip-flops and lamenting their choice of footwear. Bottom-line: If you are visiting the Kalaupapa Lookout -- and you should -- you might as well take the side trip to see this rock. I'm glad I did. I just wish I'd worn sturdier shoes.…
Date of experience: March 2020
Chowa-Rides-Again wrote a review Dec 2019
Bend, Oregon1,977 contributions382 helpful votes
Near by is Molokai’s first geocache placed in 2001 if you are a geocacher. Otherwise an interesting Hawaiian Legend and not much here. But you are already at the look out snd what else were you going to do today.
Date of experience: December 2019
mahealanipuaa wrote a review Sep 2019
Hoolehua, Hawaii3 contributions1 helpful vote
Short and rather simple hike to a place where you can see and learn of a Hawaiian legend. The scenery is beautiful and peaceful. Worth the journey.
Date of experience: June 2019
Retiredbarnqueen wrote a review May 2019
Salem, Oregon130 contributions28 helpful votes
A short and peaceful walk that I enjoyed very much. Liked learning about the legend and seeing the offerings of beads and antlers left.
Date of experience: May 2019
vegates wrote a review Mar 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii265 contributions63 helpful votes
Arguably the top tourist attraction on Molokai is Kalaupapa/Kalawao County on the north shore. For people not able to fly in directly, right now the trail is closed leaving the only option of looking down on it from the cliffs. The main lookout is an easy drive from the airport and Kaunakakai. While visiting and taking a quick look at the map, there's a trail to the lookout and another trail off to the left leading to "Phallic Rock." Not knowing what to expect and in the mood for adventure, we walked the trail. The hike itself takes maybe 10-15 minutes, it's a gradual decline followed by an incline. It leads to a grotto in the woods of natural rock formations. The natural beauty reminded me a lot of east coast USA with lots of evergreens, open forest floor, moss and rocks. It's simply beautiful. This is a very quiet area and a great place to spend a few minutes in nature. The rock formations are shaped like a phallis, although my adventure buddy thought it looked more like a sea turtle. There is a marker explaining the story of the rocks in legend, as well as the real world significance. When visiting, it's definitely worth the drive and hike!…
Date of experience: March 2019
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