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Molokai

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Molokai

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Molokai is a Hawaiian island.

Understand[edit]

Moloka'i is the fifth largest island of the major Hawaiian Islands and is the third oldest. Molokai is considered "The Most Hawaiian Island" with the most native Hawaiians per capita. Also called "The Friendly Island" because of the aloha from the residents.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

There are multiple daily flights from Honolulu on Pacific Wings, IslandAir and Mokulele Airlines. Pacific Wing's primary aircraft is a 9 passenger, single engine Cessna Caravan. Seats on Island Air range from $60 and up. Island Air's primary aircraft is the Bombardier Dash 8 and ATR 72. Mokulele Airlines has service from Honolulu (HNL) and Kahului (OGG). Round trip should cost around $140.

Amazing sights, no TSA, show up 20 minutes before and head out with a handful of other adventurers or commuters (remember to head to the commuter terminal!). Pilots are all fresh air-force cadets and are super fun to hang out with. The views are incredible and cannot be seen from the water. Worth the extra cost!

By boat[edit]

Daily from Lahaina, Maui to Kaunakakai, Molokai. $120 round trip. Takes 90 minutes each direction. Not recommended for those who get sea sick/motion sick. If you get sea sick (the ferry is okay at best in the morning, but usually rough in the afternoon.)

Get around[edit]

Many of the sights and beaches are spread out across the island so a car or tourbus is the best way to get around. There is an Alamo rental car location at the airport. They only have van's and Jeeps (as of Oct. 2012.) Our Jeep was $85 for the day. Gas is fairly expensive too, so remember to drive with aloha :-) Roads are in very good shape around the island.

For shorter distances, mules and horses are another option.

If you hold a valid US car insurance policy of your own, you can rent from local resident Pat who operates Mobettah Cars[1].

Take note that as with most car rental companies both Alamo and Mobettah Cars will charge you a premium should you return the car without having filled the tank with fuel. There are two petrol stations on the island and both are in the town of Kaunakakai so plan to call in here to fill up on your way back to the airport[2].

  • Molokai Car Rental 866-344-7612 [http://www.molokairentalcar.com Molokai Car Rental] Molokai car rental rates and information. Molokai airport location MKK Hoolehua, HI 96729.

See[edit]

  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park - Visits to the former leper colony (still home to a handful of former patients who chose to remain there) are only possible as part of a tour, such as [3].
  • Molokai Museum and Cultural Center, Kalae Hwy, Kualapuu, +1 808 567-6436.  edit. An old Sugar Mill that was restored. Lot's of history. Worth the $5 admission, $1 for students!
  • Phallic Rock, exactly what it sounds like. Short hike from parking lot at Pala'au State Park. Make sure you also stop at the Kalaupapa look out at the same trail head. amazing views.[[4]]
  • Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Highway 460 about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Kaunakakai. Right across from the row of churches.
  • Churches built by Saint Damien Drive out to Halawa valley and you will pass two in excellent condition not too far from Kaunakakai. Continue this road to the very end for AMAZING sights. The road is great but is one lane for most of the second half.

Do[edit]

  • Mule rides

Three miles, 26 switchbacks and 90 minutes of magnificent views accompany the guided mule ride through Kalaupapa National Historical Park to the island’s leper colony. No longer dedicated to the quarantine of those afflicted with Hansen’s disease, Kalaupapa is place of reflection, a remote memorial to those who lived out their lives in isolation.

  • Ironwood Hills Golf Course
  • Kaluakoi Golf Course Championship course.
  • Snorkel/Scuba [5]
  • Go to the west end of the Island to see the three mile white sand beach called Papohaku. Guaranteed you will not see more than a handful of other people there. Good to walk on, no swimming. Harsh surf. Go to Maunaloa. It was part of an old plantation and is neat to see. It has a kite factory!.
  • Drive the East side of the island for a pretty crazy road. Amazing sights but drive slow, don't ride the brakes and take pictures!

Buy[edit]

  • Kalele Bookstore & Divine Expressions (KB&DE), 64 Ala Malama, Kaunakakai, +1 808 553-5112, [6]. 10AM-5PM. There is free coffee, maps, information & WIFI readibly available. (21.5N,157W) edit
  • Purdy's Nut Farm, Lihi Pali Dr, +1 808 567-6601. Learn how macadamia nuts are grown and crack your own.  edit


Eat[edit]

  • Coffees of Hawaii Plantation snack bar [7]
  • Kanemitsu's Bakery, 79 Ala Malama Ave, Kaunakakai, +1 808 553-5855.  edit
  • Kualapuu cookhouse, 1700 Farrington Avenue Kualapuu, HI 96757‎, (808) 567-9655.  edit Amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of locals say it is the best.
  • Paddlers Inn, 10 Mohala Street Kaunakakai, HI 96748‎, (808) 553-3300.  edit. Some say is is the only good place to eat in Kaunakakai. It looks a bit rough to some (like a party place) but the staff was friendly and the food was great!
  • There are also many other places in Kaunakakai such as their Pizza company, hamburger drive-in joint, and a Subway.
  • Kumu Farms, Hua Ai Rd., off Mauna Loa Hwy., near Molokai Airport, Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96748, United States, 808-567–6480. Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 4. The best place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and nature inspired products on Molokai  edit


Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Kaluakoi Villas, 1121 Kaluakoi Rd, +1 808 552-2721. Stay at Molokai's popular Kaluakoi Villas located on the west end of the island. Featuring great amenities including the Kaluakoi Golf Course.  edit
  • Hotel Molokai, 1300 Kamehameha V Highway, Kaunakakai, HI, 96748, 808.553.5347, [8]. Features open-air, oceanfront bungalows located on Kamiloloa Beach, adjacent to Hawaii's only barrier reef. Pet friendly suites are available. Amenities offered include a swimming pool, oceanfront restaurant and on-site spa facilities.  edit

Camping[edit]

There are two state parks on this island which allow camping. Both have showers and bathrooms.

  • Papohaku Beach Park
  • One Ali'i Beach Park

Vacation Homes[edit]

  • Papapa Plantation, 241 Papapa Place Maunaloa, +1 612 392-8136, [9]. $375 (4 people).  edit
  • Wavecrest Condo, 7148 Kamehameha V Highway, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, +1 847 840-1071. $1077 (2 people for 7 nights).  edit

Wavecrest Condo offers self-catered accommodation, a private lanai with views over the ocean to Maui, and use of a private pool. It is also equipped with snorkeling gear, beach towels, games and a small library of reference books detailing various aspects of the island and its heritage.

Get out[edit]

Consider taking a plane out to Lana'i or hop to another island :-)

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