It was “a desolate land, a land of famine.” (Kamakau) It’s in the rain shadow of east Molokai making the area very arid. Kaluakoʻi (the adze pit) is the largest ahupuaʻa on Molokai, containing an area of 46,500 acres. It’s on the western portion of island. The upland of Kaluakoʻi was well known for the fine grained basalts used for adze manufacture (thus the latter.)
In 1977, Molokai tourism was enhanced with the opening of the 198-room Kaluakoʻi Resort and condo complex on the West End. However, by the early-1980s it was virtually abandoned. Many hoped that the opening of the Beach Village in 1996 and the Lodge in 1999 would resuscitate Kaluakoʻi, attracting tourists and adding jobs. The hotel and the golf course were permanently closed in January of 2001. The 149 privately owned condominium units continued to operate.