Molokai (pronounced “Molo-kye-ee”) is known as the Friendly Island and “The Most Hawaiian Island.” This is an island that stays true to its Hawaiian traditions, tucked away from the hustle of the outside world. Visit Molokai and travel back to a timeless place.
Molokai is the fifth largest island with approximately 7,000 residents with a high percentage of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is the place where Hawaiian culture thrives. The people of Molokai continue to preserve their rural lifestyle thanks to their love of the land, or aloha aina, and you can feel this aloha from small town Kaunakakai to sacred Halawa Valley. Hawaii’s past comes alive on Molokai. and is the only island where native Hawaiians are still a majority. If you think you would like to visit the Hawaii of 50 years ago before shopping centers and high-rises dominated, Molokai is the place. In fact, there isn’t a single stop light and main street is all of three blocks long. It has very few tourists compared to other islands, except Lanai. It is the closest neighbor to Oahu and can be seen from many points on Oahu’s southeast side. Where you can feel the mana (power) of Hawaiian culture from an area near Maunaloa, said to be the birthplace of hula, to the natural wonders of Halawa Valley.
Molokai shares the channel and visible from northwest coast of Maui and Lana’i. With the remaining Hawaiian island chains in either direction: Oahu, Kauai, and Big Island.
Molokai’s main airport is Molokai Airport (MKK). Kalaupapa Airport (LUP) is a small commuter airport serving this isolated peninsula.
Major Industries of Molokai
- Federal Defense
- Construction (private)
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Did you know?
- Kalaaupapa is the most famous site on Molokai – it was once a leper colony administered by Father Damien, who currently is up for Sainthood.
- Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet)
- Molokai has Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast. Molokai′s north shore is home to the world’s largest sea cliffs at more than 3,600 feet high.
- Molokai has Hawaii’s longest waterfall (Kahiwa Falls at 2,165 ft)
- Molokai has the longest white sand beach (Papohaku Beach 3 miles) is all of Hawaii.
The Molokai environment is rural and relaxed with serene seascapes, unspoiled coastlines and untamed wilderness. Kaunakakai town is the largest on the island. Molokai’i vacation rental options can be found on the west end, central Molokai and on the east end which include condominium choices. The island only has one hotel, Hotel Molokai which is also located in the central area near Kaunakakai, the main town.
Many delightful, private beach houses and bungalows are also available on the west end and along the fringing reef of Molokai’s east end. Being that it is Molokai, there are a few bed & breakfast and other unique choices. Whether you’ve come to Molokai for a quiet escape or for outdoor adventures ranging from sports fishing to a memorable mule ride, you’ll fall in love with this undiscovered island. Experience for yourself why Molokai is “Hawaiian by Nature”.
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LODGING ON LANAI
Plan your trip during one of Molokai’s many annual special events. There is usually more than enough things to do on Molokai to fill any vacation. However, the autumn and winter months have become the time where tourists are most likely to vacation on Molokai, and coincidentally, this tends to be when the most noteworthy local events are staged. Events include the legendary Aloha Festivals, which take place during the month of October and are held throughout Hawaii, featuring live music, dancing, cultural festivities and a range of family orientated events, which showcase Hawaii at its very best. Here are some not to miss events and celebrations:
Ka Moloka’I Makahiki Festival (January)
Prince Kuhio Celebration (March)
Ho’omau Concert Benefiting Punana Leo O Molokai (April)
Annual Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival (May)
Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race (July)
Maui to Molokai Canoe Race (September)
Na Wahina O Ke Kai -Women of the Sea (September)
Festivals of Aloha (October)
Food & Business Expo (November)
Molokai’s restaurants are inexpensive or moderately priced, and several of them do not accept credit cards. Regardless of where you eat, you certainly won’t have to dress up nor find long lines at overbooked, self-important restaurants. The culinary offerings of the island are dominated by mom-and-pop eateries, most of them fast-food or takeout places and many of them with a home-cooked touch. Here are some suggested favorites:
Molokai Pizza Café in Kaunakakai
Paddlers Inn in Kaunakakai
Molokai Burger in Kaunakakai
Outpost Natural Foods in Kaunakakai
Hula Shores at Hotel Molokai in Kaunakakai
Kualapu’u Cookhouse in Kualapu’u
Molokai Art from the Heart in Kaunakakai
Molokai Gifts & Things in Kaunakakai
Molokai Local Store inside Hotel Molokai
2nd Chance Aloha Wear
Imports & Gifts in Kaunakakai
Other than just visiting for a day trip, people who enjoy staying on Molokai for several days or longer come to experience empty beaches, hiking, kayaking, biking and horseback riding. If you are looking for commercial luau’s, fancy shops, and lush resorts, best not to plan an extended stay on Molokai.
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Weather in Molokai is pleasant throughout the year. The average year round temperatures is approximately 75º F (23.9º C). At Molokai’s higher elevations, it can get a bit cooler and wetter so pack a light jacket. The west end of Molokai is dryer and more arid while the mountainous east end is a tropical rain forest definitely wetter and greener. The spectacular north shore receives over 240 inches of rain a year producing green faced, deep ravines and 3,600-foot vertical sea cliffs.