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Pepeopae Trail

Hawaii > Molokai > Central Molokai
Length3 mi
Elev. Gain600 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating10 / 10
The trail is located in the Kamakou Preserve in the remote mountainous region of northeast Molokai. This 2774-acre preserve is located near the peak of the highest mountain of Molokai and homes more than 250 species of Hawaiian plants. There is a large sandalwood pit in the Molokai Forest Reserve, which was dug in the 1800s by King Kamehameha's men in the replica of a cargo hold of a ship to store sandalwood and export it to China.

You will cover a number of places when you head towards the trailhead. When you enter the Molokai Forest Reserve, you will notice the huge sandalwood pit on your left. Another 1 mile will take you to the Waikolu Lookout where you would find a number of waterfalls.

Another short walk would take you to another lookout with excellent views of the mountain fissures. You have to re-start the trail from this lookout at a height of 4000 feet on a walkway and enter into a forest on the top of the mountain. Go on the walkway till you come to an open plateau. The trail makes you descend through the forest of mosses and ferns. After covering another 3 quarters of a mile, the trail would take you to a cave. At about 1 mile from the start, you would come to the Pelekunu Valley Lookout. The trail ends when you descend and go back to the starting point.

Best time to go
April to October


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 7.089' N
156° 54.489' W

Driving Directions:
You need to go west from Kaunakakai taking Hwy. 460 and then continue through Molokai Forest Reserve Road. Drive for another 10 miles to reach Waikolu Lookout from where the Kamakou Preserve begins but keep to the left to reach the trail head.
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Weather Report for Kalaupapa, HI
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 59 to 73. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 74.8° F
Relative Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 30.05"
Dew Point: 72.7° F

Winds from the SW at 0.6 mph gusting to 1.2 mph

Today: 0.08"

Sunrise: 6:25 AM
Sunset: 5:58 PM
Weather reported from Lahaina, Lahaina, HI (KHILAHAI22)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 85. Light winds becoming northeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 58 to 72. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 69 to 83. Light winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 60 to 74. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:04 PM
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