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Niu (Coconut Palm) – Cocos nucifera

Location: Kapuāiwa Coconut Beach Park
Island: Moloka‘i
Year Nominated: 2011

Nominated by: Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Height: 92 feet

Circumference: 13 inches
Crown Spread: 9 feet
Total Points: 108
Current Ranking: National Champion

Kapuāiwa Coconut Beach Park holds one of Hawaii’s oldest and most sacred coconut groves. Located in Kaunakakai on the island of Moloka‘i, the first coconut trees were planted in the 1860’s by King Kamehameha V (Lot Kapuāiwa). A few hundred coconut trees still remain in the 10-acre grove, some being the original trees from the first planting. Also residing here is the dethroned niu champion of 2011. The previous champion stood 103 feet tall, but has completed its life at the grove along with many more of the old trees. Fortunately, the community is caring for this ancient grove by fostering the new generation of young coconut trees that are growing here. 

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Aalii || Hau || Kāwaʻu || Koa || Kokiʻo Keʻokeʻo || Kōlea lau nui || Lama ||        Lonomea || Māmane || Mānele || Maʻo hau hele || Nenelau || Niu || ‘Ōhi‘a ai ||        ‘Ōhi‘a ha || Olopua || Pāpala kēpau || Wiliwili