Phallic Rock / Ka Ule O Nanahoa

3.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address At the end of Kalae Highway 470, Hoolehua, HI 96729
A cluster of rocks that looks like a penis. Seriously.

Features
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking
• Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site

Matt Anderson's Take
Kaule O Nanahoa is Hawaiian for "the penis of Nanahoa", and is a small cluster of boulders in the Palaau State Park. It's definitely unusual and makes you wonder how this thing got here.


Anyway, it's worth the hike down the trail to see it. Phallic Rock was a sacred area once thought to enhance fertility. Maybe it still does! It's a quiet, peaceful area shaded by ironwood trees. About 200 yards from here, the path leads to the beautiful views at Kalaupapa Lookout. Be sure not to climb on the rock.
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Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
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This is another one of those places you can actually say ,"Where else can you see this?" It's a great place for photo ops and great conversation pics when you go home and show off your pics of a phallic rock.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Weird, but how can you visit Palaau State Park without "grabbing" a photo. Sorry, bad pun.
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Heather
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 16
Likes Received: 2
Quick and easy hike that probably only took 10-15 minutes from the parking area. There is some signage there telling you which direction for the rock, but I was sort of hoping for some more information about its history. Legend has it that women who struggled with fertility would come to the rock and sit on it overnight, and then turn up pregnant! Needless to stay, I didn't hang around the rock for long! Haha.
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laura m
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 21
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Located by walking through a short (about 200 yards) and easy forest trail through tall ironwood trees. Just park at the Kalaupapa Lookout parking lot. Please be respectful and stay off the rocks. I'm not sure I'd make the drive and hike just to see the formations, but certainly worth it if you are already there. It's very peaceful and easy to get to.
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Dawn G
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 26
Likes Received: 0
It's a short stroll so why not. And with two teenage boys, well, it was a must. Yeah, it's a rock...um... Upon seeing it I offered to take a picture of my sons with it....they didn't feel that was necessary. The walk to the rock is a nice trail so even if the "rock" isn't your sort of thing, the walk was worth the effort.
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