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Fast ride from the city - review of Kalaupapa Overlook, Molokai, HI
In any case it' definitely deserves a brief trip. It' s a worthwhile trip to the end of the street with a view of the north side of the Molokai. There is a brief stroll along a forest trail leading to the viewpoint where you can see Kalapapapa, which has been used for many years as a home for people with Hansen's disease.
There is a fantastic panoramic views of the small town, the crunching sea and the rock. A series of panels along the rock face of the viewpoint explain the story of Kalapapapa and information about the persons concerned, such as Father Damian. It was a wonderful sight. Near the viewpoint there were several information boards to explain the story of the pens.
It was interesting for us to fly down to the penninsula and hike up again. We were hesitant to go up to the promontory. There is a good, slippery, paved road leading to the viewpoint. There are a number of symbols nestled in the bracing walls & providing brief explanation of Father Damien and his devotion to what is now known as Hansen's disease.
It is a must to know an important part of the Molokai story. But you really can't do that on a full-time excursion because they depart early in the mornings. Unfortunately, what is lacking is the full visibility of the cliffs......the highest in the whole wide open landscape, which must be quite impressing seen from below on the promontory.
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The Papohaku and Molokai beaches
Molokai's biggest sandy area is hardly a mystery, but it is one. As we climb to the top of Puu o Kaiaka, a huge rock face floating above the north end of Papohaku Bay, the view reveals the keywords so often used to describe it: So what is Papohaku?
At the moment it is only me and the PF Bentley who enjoy the perfect views on this dry mornings. Papohaku is the most visited park, but Bentley proposes that we begin here in Kaiaka instead, the first geographical mark of the shore you will meet if you take the simple, half hours ride westward of Kaunakakai Town.
Someone who has never been to Papohaku, the pure dimensions of the sand are best seen from up here: "Bentley says as his blended Rheodesian Rukeback, Ehu Girl, strolls through the dried meadows of Kaiaka and leads us down a path to the water.
" Bentley, who was in Honolulu and grew up, relocated to Molokai eight years ago, a quick response to the skyscrapers he has been building in his garden since the mid-2000s. He has exchanged contemporary urbanity for Maunaloa, a delightful orchard town above Papohaku, a shore he knows like the back of his hands (and Ehu Girl like her paw).
They go for sunrises every day and it is hard to understand why. Cradled in the western part of the archipelago, Papohaku is Molokai's largest 3 mile long and 100 meter broad stretch of coast. The Papohaku Park, about 50m high, has a bath room, fresh water shower, barbecue, picnic table and two adjoining camping sites - more than enough facilities in the unlikely case a shoal of beach-goers flocks to it.
" The Bentley is surprised loudly as we emerge from the shadow of a small pine forest onto the sands. During the yearly Molokai Ka Hisa Piko, a ceremony that recognises the island's venerated state as the birth place of Hera, every year in the spring, some groups of monks (Hula Halau) make their lodgings and spend the night on the water.
Papohaku, for a variety of individual and community purposes, seems to have a particular place for the few who had the joy of experiencing it. Papohaku has been the basis for the state' s biggest sandmining industry since the early 1960' s, with large amounts of sands transported from Hale o Lono Harbor to Oahu, mainly for contractors, but also for the rebuilding of the dwindling Waikiki beach.
Papohaku is not a bathing area. Instead, there are many others: a place where you can just sit down with a Malulani-Estate coffe and a place to relax under the "crack open and finishe the book" variant that you sit on the bedside table in summers. The Papohaku gives you more than enough free rein (not to speak of the expanse of space) to engage in a multitude of tranquil pursuits, but it doesn't include secure, unhurried swims.
Papohaku means "stone fence" in Hawaiian, but the origin of the name is not known, gone with the years. Papohaku seems to be a strand that has been wasted. To an Oahu resident, seeing every sq. metre of unpopulated space, let alone an ocean front, is like a mantra.
It seems possible to find a part of Papohaku that is more remote than the one we are in right now. We drive from Papohaku Park further along Kalua Koi Road to the western side. While gliding down a smooth dunes, this central part of Papohaku is the broadest desert sand I have ever dunked my toe into.
Further away from the city, with a hardly any telephone signals and no visible amenities, it is as if Papohaku teleported you to another abandoned haven, all with a random surge of a magic stick. The next moment I think about where to roll out the towels and smile at the fact that there is nothing to do here.
Arrival to Papohaku Beach: Drive westwards on Hwy 460 towards Maunaloa. Take a right turn and continue along Kalua Koi Road to Papohaku Beach Park.