Molokaʻi Forest Reserve


The 10-mile 4WD drive up to Waikolu Lookout takes about 45 minutes (follow the dirt path near the Homelani Cemetery sign on Rte 460/ Maunaloa Hwy. Road conditions can be muddy. You pass through open land with trees and scrub; little is developed and signs are few. A mile before the lookout you’ll find the 19th-century Sandalwood Pit, a grassy depression on the left.

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