Molokai Travel Guide

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Molokai may not be as popular as Maui or Oahu but if you really want a feel of the real Hawaii, this is your island getaway. In the natural beauty of its secluded beaches and the genuine "aloha" of its people, you'll feel the essence of what living should really be like. Time seems to stand still when you snorkel in the clear waters of Halawa Bay, ride the surf in Kepuhi, Moomomi and Pohakuloa, or enjoy a round of golf at Kaluakoi Golf Course. Indeed, the tranquil innocence that remains in Molokai and the graciousness of its people make it a true visitor's paradise.

 

Sights

The only barrier reef in all of Hawaii is found in Molokai and is well-worth a snorkel or diving trip. If you don't want to dive in, you can still enjoy a stunning view of the coral fringe from above. Kamiloa Heights and Kamakou Preserve offer the best vantage points. Kalaupapa Island, a former leper colony, has now been transformed into the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which can be reached by mule ride—a unique experience in itself. Don't fail to drop by the Kamehameha V Summer Home and the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. To learn more about the town's rich cultural heritage, head to the Mauna Loa Museum and Cultural Park, the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center and the newly restored RW Meyer Sugar Mill. If you're looking for some cool photo opps, check out Phallic Rock. (We'll leave the rest to your imagination.)

 

Restaurants

The restaurants of Molokai serve fresh, tropical fare. Tuna, marlin, swordfish and snapper are popular dining options. For fine dining, head to the restaurants around Kaunakakai, the largest town on Molokai, or the hotels of Kaluakoi, a tourist resort on the island. In Kaunakakai, the casual eateries are clustered along the Ala Malama Street, Kamoi Street, Makaena Place, Puali Street and Wharf Road.

 

Shopping

The main shopping mall on the island is the Molokai Center in Kaunakakai. The Friendly Market and Misaki's on Ala Malama Street are great options for fresh food. There are also shops that sell souvenirs like shark's tooth necklaces, dancing hula figurines and decorated coconut shells that will forever remind you of your stay in Molokai. If you want to bring home macadamia nuts, visit Purdy's Nut Farm in Lihi Pali Drive in Kualapu'u, where you can also learn how they are processed and get the chance to crack your own.   

Where to Go in Molokai

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Castle Kaluakoi Villas

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Uwao Street and Farrington Avenue
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Canoe House

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