Ahhh, Sweet Molokai, as the sign says on your way out
of the airport: “Slow down, you’re in Molokai”. Aptly nicknamed “The
friendly isle”, Molokai is celebrated for its friendly, open, loving people.
Now, I've been to Molokai several times, my theory on why people here are so
happy, is because of the Kanemitsu Bakery with their infamous Molokai Hot
Bread, slathered with jelly, cream cheese, butter, cinnamon and sugar.
Krispy Kreme has nothing on these guys (except for 987 locations &
At only 264 square miles in total, Molokai can be driven from end to end in
a couple hours. Kaunakakai, the largest and main town of tranquil Molokai is
only three blocks in size. A world away from the hustle and bustle of city
life, the town has existed practically unchanged since the early 1900’s.
Many of the buildings are still the original build, such as the Molokai
public library, which was built in 1937. It is the only library on Molokai.
Imagine a beach with only your footprints, indeed a unique quality of
Molokai. Papohaku Beach on the west shore of Molokai is three miles long,
it's one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii. You'll find campsites,
indoor and outdoor showers and restroom facilities. Come here at your own
risk, the risk of not wanting to leave!
Experience Hawaii in another time period. Hike the Sacred Hawaiian cathedral
valley with its beautiful vistas and two towering waterfalls. As you hike to
the impressive, double-tiered, 250-foot Mooula Falls (approximately 1.7
miles each way), you will be traversing two river crossings, roots, rocks,
mud, and trees. The only way to explore the area is with a guide, since the
trail crosses private property. The Hike difficulty is moderate/advanced.
What you should know…. Accommodations on Molokai vary
from the oceanfront “Hotel Molokai” to condo rentals, cottages and B&B’s.
Reservations for Hotel Moloka'i can be booked online directly with the
hotel. You can check VRBO, there are several properties listed. Book early!
Traveling on Molokai...Unless you're on a tour where your transportation is
covered, you’ll want to rent a rent a vehicle. Hawaiicarrental.com services
Molokai, but we stress to make reservations in advance.
Points of interest include the secluded Kalaupapa Peninsula, a remote leper
colony once home to Father Damien. The leper colony was established in 1866
as a place of exile for people suffering from Hansen’s Disease. It's hemmed
in on one side by a towering 1500 foot cliff and by the Pacific ocean on the
other. Today a small group of Hansen’s patients still live as full-time
You can actually take a mule ride to one of Hawaii’s most remote settlements
of Kalaupapa. Not only is the 1,700 feet descent an actual Mule ride
adventure, it makes for a lifelong memory and maybe a saddle sore or two.
There is nothing else like it in the world.
Locals know….If time went any slower here, you'd have
to reset your clocks every day. Ferry service on the Molokai Princess runs
twice a day between Lahaina Harbor and Kaunakakai Harbor, once in the
morning, once in the late afternoon. Travel time is approximately 90
Local performers and musicians entertain crowds at Coffees of Hawaii, Sunday
afternoons from 4 to 6pm. Here you'll find a coffee shop with a special
allure, local musicians playing music and talking story at this unique local
For an unusual tour, you can experience Purdy’s 70 year old working
macadamia nut farm. A family business in Hoolehua. Everything thing you ever
wanted to know about the nut, tasty samples await.
In Kaunakakai, on Ala Malama Street from 7am to 1pm, you’ll find a local
farmer's market. fresh veggies right out of the ground, hand picked picked
fruits, fresh fish from boat to table.
Factoids of interest: Population: 8,000. Molokai’s official flower is the
white kukui tree blossom The island’s official color is green. Located
nearly at the center of the chain of eight main Hawaiian Islands, Molokai is
about two million years old. Molokai is said to be the birthplace of hula.
We offer 30 years of experience booking Hawaii Rental Cars at AA Aloha Cars
We often have exclusive car rental availability on Molokai during holiday
and sold out periods, due to our exclusive contracts.
More recently, activities were introduced that
allowed Molokai visitors the opportunity to experience authentic ranch life
first-hand and to stay at the Lodge or the Beach village at Kaupoa Beach.
However, in May 2008, the Ranch ceased all it's operations on the island.
The Ranch's parent company, Molokai Properties Limited, wanted to develop a
section of the Ranch's land at La'au Point on the southwest corner of
Molokai. Their stated plan would have created a small sub-division of about
200 multimillion dollar homes. Opposition from the community arose to the
plan. After many heated and sometimes bitter public planning and
environmental impact meetings, Molokai Properties decided to abandon the
plan. Within a few days, they announced that the Ranch would be ceasing all
its operations on Molokai including the Lodge, movie theater, and Kaluakoi
Golf Course. They then laid off almost their entire Molokai work force of
about 120 employees.