WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — The Molokai Land Trust has received the deed to a 5-mile stretch of remote and environmentally sensitive coastline along the rugged north shore of Molokai.
The more than 1,700-acre parcel known as the Mokio Preserve has endangered ferns, subsistence gathering areas and an extensive tidal pool system.
Molokai Properties — better known as Molokai Ranch — initially offered the land to the trust as a gift in 2008. It took more than four years to complete the transfer.
The preserve includes numerous koa or fishing shrines intact with offerings. It also has large ancient adze quarries and habitat complexes.
The land has places where birds nest. It’s estimated to be the largest remaining site of an endangered endemic Hawaiian fern.