Moloaa Bay

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Moloaʻa Bay

Moloaʻa Bay is on the northeast shore on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaii. The bay is 0.44 miles (710 m) long.[1]

The name comes from molo aʻa in the Hawaiian language which means "matted roots". Paper Mulberry trees (Broussonetia papyrifera, or wauke in Hawaiian) once grew so thickly that the roots were interwoven.[2] The Moloaʻa Stream empties into the north end of a beach which is backed by high cliffs.[3] Uphill from the bay is the Moloaʻa State Forest Reserve.[4]

Moloaʻa Bay had one of the highest runups in Kauaʻi during the April 1, 1946 tsunami from the 1946 Aleutian Islands earthquake. It experienced one of the highest wave amplitudes: 11.5 metres (38 ft).[5][6]

Some scenes in the Gilligan's Island pilot were filmed in Moloaʻa Bay.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EPA - Beach Advisories And Online Notification
  2. ^ Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel Hoyt Elbert and Esther T. Mookini (2004). "lookup of Moloa'a ". in Place Names of Hawai'i. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library, University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ John R. K. Clark (2004). "lookup of Moloa'a ". in Hawai'i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites. Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library, University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kauai Forest Reserves". Hawai‛i Forest Reserve System web site. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Shoreline Modeling Segments in the Hawaiian Islands Critical for Regional Tsunami Evacuation Determinations
  6. ^ April 1, 1946 Tsunami Amplitudes
  7. ^ Tour Gilligan's Island

Coordinates: 22°11′44″N 159°19′49″W / 22.19568°N 159.330415°W / 22.19568; -159.330415