La`au Point: Through Your Own Eyes
For just a minute or two, take a deep breath and clear you mind of activists, developments, water rights and every other strife and struggle that has adhered itself to La`au Point. Imagine the real place that is La`au Point.
Tide pools and puka-shell-laden beaches. The soothing sound of surf rushing over golden sands. Opihi, a`ama, monk seals, eels and fish. A brilliant midday sun and the pa`akai which patiently cures in its radiance. Crisp blue night air and innumerable stars piercing the evening sky. Imagine all these things of nature. Their sum is peace itself… this is the real La`au Point.
If visions of La`au fill your heart with wonder and your head with curiosity, I suggest you make your way to there. Regardless of where you stand within the issues surrounding La`au, a visit to the place will bring you a deeper sense of clarity.
As citizens of Molokai, we each hold a piece of La`au’s destiny within our own actions – or inaction. Therefore we owe it to the land and to ourselves to understand as much as we can about the true nature of La`au Point. So get to the point and go see La`au for yourself.
The beach area at La`au is accessible mainly by boat or by foot. When traveling by boat, be prepared for a beach landing that will require swimming as there are no docks. Check the wind and surf forecasts for south and west facing shores before embarking. Be sure to go with a captain who has experience with the southwest shores of Molokai.
By foot, La`au Point can be reached by either of two publicly accessible areas: Hale O Lono Harbor on the south shore or Dixie Maru beach on the west. Both starting areas are several miles from the La`au Point with Dixie Maru being the shortest.
The land between both starting points is privately owned by Molokai Ranch, leaving hikers with two options. Either contact the ranch to request access (808) 660-2824, or hike along the coast. All Hawaiian shoreline, up to the high tide mark, is considered state property and is legally accessible to the public.
Hiking can take between two to four hours each way depending on the route chosen. Be sure to study a map and allow yourself ample time to complete the hike. Bring lots of water, a lunch, sunscreen and adequate footwear. It is also a good idea to bring a fully charged cell phone.
La`au is unique because it is practically untouched by man. When visiting, don’t leave anything behind but your footsteps. Don’t approach monk seals. And if fishing, fish with pride, fish responsibly.
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