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Mo'omomi Preserve Trail

Hawaii > Molokai > West End
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain0 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The trail will take you along the most unspoiled beach in Hawaii. In this trail you will get the chance to explore the beach, the local vegetation and witness the endangered sea turtles nesting. The Mo'omomi Preserve occupies 921 acres and was established in 1988. It is home to 22 Hawaiian species of birds and plants.

You need to walk to the trail head by taking the Mo'omomi Road up to the beach and cross the beach. Start your hike from the trailhead by taking the red dirt-marked road till the coast. You may pass the road leading to the Department of Hawaiian Homesteads. Go straight and after crossing two more dirt roads, you will come to the beach embracing the Kaawaloa Bay.

You should walk straight and cross the Mo'omomi Beach. Next, trek up the rocky hill on the top of Kaiehu Point. There is another dirt road you will notice and the official parking lot of the Nature Conservancy. This is where the official trail begins to the Mo'omomi Preserve lands. Then the trail goes west and descends down to a beach bordered by sand dunes. Continue west and you will walk under a canopy of Kiawe trees to another beach. Take a loop towards the interior and you will reach the trail head back at Kaiehu Point.

Best time to go
May to September


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 11.794' N
157° 9.148' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Hwy. 480 to go to Farrington Road and turn to Mo'omomi Road at the end of the pavement. Park your car here and walk on the road heading to the Department of Hawaiian Homesteads if the road is too uneven, to reach the trail head.
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Weather Report for Maunaloa, HI
Partly cloudy. Haze through the night. A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows 59 to 71. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 74.1° F
Relative Humidity: 74%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 65.5° F

Winds from the NNE at 1.9 mph gusting to 3.7 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:56 AM
Sunset: 5:48 PM
Weather reported from Uluanui Road, Kaunakakai, HI (KHIKAUNA5)
Mostly sunny with chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny with showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 79. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Tuesday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 56 to 68. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 76. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Breezy. Isolated showers after midnight. Lows 55 to 67. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:01 AM
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