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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 Kaunakakai, HI
Mostly cloudy. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 58 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Temperature: 72.3° F
Relative Humidity: 94%
Pressure: 30.06"
Dew Point: 70.5° F

Winds from the ESE at 0.9 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.11"

Sunrise: 6:53 AM
Sunset: 6:29 PM
Weather reported from Honolua Bay, Lahaina, HI (KHILAHAI12)
Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 70 to 80. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 79. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 58 to 69. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:51 PM
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