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is on the northeast shore on the island of Kauai
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. The bay is 0.44 miles (708.1 m) long.
The name comes from molo aa
in the Hawaiian language
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which means "matted roots". Paper Mulberry
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trees (Broussonetia papyrifera
, or wauke
in Hawaiian) once grew so thickly that the roots were interwoven. The Moloaʻa Stream empties into the north end of a beach which is backed by high cliffs.
Uphill from the bay is the Moloaʻa State Forest Reserve.
Moloaʻa Bay had one of the highest runups in Kauai during the April 1, 1946 tsunami
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from the 1946 Aleutian Islands earthquake. It experienced one of the highest wave
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s: 11.5 metres (37.7 ft).
Some scenes in the Gilligan's Island
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were filmed in Moloaʻa Bay.