PHOTO TOURS – Original Tour – In The Middle
Kapuaiwa, one of the few remaining royal coconut groves in Hawaii, was planted on the vacation retreat of King Kamehameha V in the 1860s.
Situated along the shore, about a mile west of Kaunakakai and in one of the driest parts of the island, it is fed by underground springs.
It is said that the original grove was about 10 acres (4 hectare) in size and contained 1,000 coconut trees. Over time, the grove has been greatly reduced in size, but the remaining stand of several hundred trees is still impressive.
This photo, perhaps like no other on these pages, evokes a feeling for the rural lifestyle of this island.
A loosely-tethered horse and an old ice chest filled with water keeps the highway right-of-way mowed and the horse well fed.
Highway maintenance, Molokai style.