Located high in the mountains of East Moloka'i, Kamakou Preserve is a magnificent natural treasure and a rain forest like no other. More than 200 species of native plants are woven together in a rich biological tapestry, providing habitat for native song birds, insects and colorful banded tree snails. A boardwalk takes visitors through a moss-covered rain forest and pristine mountain bog before arriving at a spectacular overlook of Pelekunu Valley.
Mountains of East Moloka'i
Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers lead a monthly hike along a narrow boardwalk through Kamakou Preserve. An events schedule is available here. For more information on visiting this preserve, contact the Moloka`i field office at (808) 553-5236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preserve is home to a wide variety of native plants, including:
The last known sightings of the extremely rare Moloka`i thrush (oloma`o) and Moloka`i creeper (kakawahie) were in this forest region, and the vivid green `amakihi can still be seen. The abundant `apapane sips nectar from the brilliant blossoms of the `ōhi`a, while the Hawaiian owl (pueo) soars overhead on a forest hunt.
The rain forest of Kamakou is like no other forest on the planet. It is an important source of water for Moloka'i and is a magnificent natural treasure.
Moloka`i Ranch, Ltd. granted a conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy in 1982 to restore the area and protect it in perpetuity. Kamakou Preserve is managed in partnership with the State Department of Land & Natural Resources through the Natural Area Partnership Program.
The Conservancy is a founding member of the East Moloka`i Watershed Partnership, of which Kamakou is a part. The main focus of the Moloka`i partnership is to protect and enhance high-quality native Hawaiian rain forest communities.