Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove

About a mile west of Kaunakakai, this is an ancient (to the extent that 1890 is “ancient”) coconut grove planted during the reign of King Kamehameha V.

According to one source, it was said to have once numbered 1000 trees, each representing a warrior in the king’s mighty army, on a 10-acre site. They were said to have been pl20140717-211046-76246838.jpganted to provide shade for the seven sacred pools once there (I noticed kids throwing coconuts into something that had water in it – that might have been one of those pools) and the
royal family bathing therein.

Only 100 some palms remain and the area is undergoing rehabilitation. Of the trees that remain, most are not tended to – beware of falling coconuts!