See an Army of Palm TreesMaui
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind view once you’ve arrived in MOLOKA‘I, all you need to find is the lovely bunch of coconut trees. Located on the south shore of Moloka‘i, KAPUAIWA COCONUT BEACH PARK boasts a stunning sunset view accented by hundreds of majestic palms.
This HISTORIC LANDMARK, one of the largest groves of ROYAL PALM TREES still existing in Hawai‘i, isn’t a coincidence of nature. In the 1860s, King Kamehameha V had 1,000 royal coconut palm trees planted to represent each warrior in his mighty army. He chose this location for its SEVEN SACRED POOLS, where ali‘i (Hawaiian for “royalty”) bathed.
You will only be able to view the grove (rumored to have originally spanned 10 acres) from the outside in order to keep your head safe from falling coconuts. However, bring a picnic, as the nearby KIOWEA BEACH PARK, just to the west and easily within viewing distance, is a lovely place to catch a view and some rays.
SIDE NOTE: At the water’s edge of Kiowea Beach Park you also can find a concrete MILITARY BUNKER left from WWII, a reminder of Hawai‘i’s complex history.
Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is located 1.5 miles east of KAUNAKAKAI on Highway 460. The Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove will be on the left, across the street from Church Row.