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Phallic Rock Kaule o Nanahoa - An Unusual Attraction in Molokai, Hawaii

Phallic Rock - Kaule o NanahoaThe Phallic Rock is an unusual rock formation in an ironwood forest near the Kalaupapa lookout at the end of road 470 in Molokai, Hawaii. It was named such for obvious reason: the rock resembles manly parts.

The five-feet tall rock is locally referred to as Kaule o Nanahoa, or "the penis of Nanahoa" in the Hawaiian language. The name was based on an ancient folklore about the male fertility god Nananhoa. Legend has it that the rock was actually Nananhoa, or what was left of him, after an incident involving his jealous wife Kawahuna.

Phallic Rock - Kaule o NanahoaAccording to the legend, Nananhoa was admiring a beautiful young girl at a nearby pool of water. In a jealous rage, Kawahuna attacked the girl and pulled her by the hair. Outraged by his wife's behavior, Nananhoa struck Kawahuna who fell down the hill and turned into a stone. Nananhoa also turned into stone which is the Phallic Rock as we see today.

Down the hill and a short distance from Kaule o Nanahoa is the stone believed to be Kawahuna which takes the form of female genitalia. The legend further says that as long as the female stone remains nearby, the Phallic Rock will remain erect.

Over the years, the rock formation became a symbol of fertility. Baren women would visit the site to offer flower leis and pray for fertility. Some even spend a night praying on the stone in hopes of returning home pregnant. There were also reports of spontaneous healing from various ailments by simply touching and praying to the Kaule O Nanahoa.

Some say that the Phallic Rock has been slightly "enhanced" by man over the years. Whether or not the legend is true, Kaule o Nanahoa remains as one of Molokai's most unusual and interesting attractions.

The Phallic Rock is located at the summit of Nanahoa Hill in Pala'au State Park, Molokai.

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