Molokai, often referred to, as the "Friendly Island" is the most laid back island in all Hawaii.
If you are looking for five star hotels with fancy restaurants then Molokai is not the place for you.
If fact, Molokai is so laid back the tallest building is no taller than a palm tree. There are no traffic lights,
shopping malls or nightclubs, just friendly locals that make up about 50% of Molokai's population.
There are only a hand full of stores and shops on the island. Going to Molokai is like taking a turn
off the beaten path and finding yourself in a place that may have existed 50 years ago. The Hawaiian's
like it that way, and if you go to Molokai, you'll likely agree it should stay that way. Plan to spend
a few days on Molokai. Why? Because on Molokai, life slows down a notch and there is no need
for hurry. Things happen when they happen and if they don't, well that's okay too. Life is laid back on
Molokai, so why hurry when you can relax. Legend has it that Molokai is the birthplace of Hula.
Castle Molokai Shores
Located on Moloka`i's south shore in the town of Kaunakaki, the Molokai Shores
spacious one or two-bedroom ocean view and oceanfront suites feature full kitchens and lanais.
Aqua Hotel Molokai is the nostalgic "Hawaiian Hideaway."
Polynesian style accommodations include a full-service
restaurant and lounge featuring Hawaiian entertainment.
Places Of Interest:
Moloka'i Ka Hula Piko May 30 - June 1
Papohaku Beach Molokai's longest beach.
Kalaupapa Peninsula Take a Mule Ride on Molokai.
Play Golf Yes, golf on Molokai.
RW Meyer Sugar Mill Museum Built in 1878.
Sea cliffs at Kalaupapa on Molokai, Hawaii. The highest sea cliffs in the world. Photo by Thad Z.
In pre-western Moloka'i mo'olelo (history), oral traditions mention the district of
Ka'ana as the site where the hula began. Ka'ana is located on the heights of Mount Maunaloa, West, Moloka'i.
Each year for 3 days beginning May 30 ending June 1, Moloka'i celebrates the origins of hula with food,
storytelling and plenty of dancing. Admission is always free, so join in and celebrate the Ka Hula Piko Festival.
Hawaii's longest white sand beach is on Molokai. Yes that's right and
if you want seclusion, Papohaku Beach is the spot. On the west end of Molokai,
Papohaku Beach seldom has more than a few visitors on any given day and the beach
is large enough to hold the entire population of Molokai without even getting crowded. The
wind can kick up a bit and the sea is usually too rough for swimmers. For this reason, you
may find yourself all alone or with a special friend, if you decide to make it to Papohaku
Beach. A great place to get a good sun tan, take a stroll along the beach or just relax.
For more than a century, Kalaupapa Peninsula has been a place of
confine, reserved only for leprosy patients. Now a National Historic Park,
managed by the Hawaii Department of Health and the National Park Service,
this amazingly beautiful park lies at the base of Molokai's majestic and gigantic sea cliffs.
Your journey into the park is accessible by foot, mule or small aircraft and is a Top
attraction on the island of Molokai. Visitors to the park must be at least 16 years of age or older.
Did we say play golf? Yes, Located in the town of Kalae along Molokai's
north shore is Ironwood Hills, Molokai's only golf course. This nine-hole course
offers picturesque views of the Molokai's towering sea cliffs and neighboring island
Oahu. Take your time, relax, enjoy the views and no worries about slow play, the course marshal
is about as laid back as the island itself. Hit a bad shot? Swing again. "Play Through" is not a
part of the vocabulary here. Your group can enjoy stress free golf with no tee times, just show up and play.
RW Meyer Sugar Mill Museum
Kalae, North Coast
Home of the old Meyer Sugar Mill built by Rudolph Meyer in 1878.
During its time, the RW Meyer Sugar Mill Museum processed the island's
sugar cane. Today the mill shares it's history with visitors and provides an
insight into the daily life of the nineteenth century plantation worker. Once
powered by mule and steam engine the mill has been restored to operating
condition and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Guided as
well as self-guided tours are available Monday thru Saturday, 10am - 2pm.
Admission is $5 per adult for the museum and the cultural center is free.
Along the trail to Waikolu Lookout, one of the highest peaks on Molokai,
you'll enjoy amazing views of Molokai's southern coastline. At 3600ft
elevation Waikolu Lookout offers an excellent view into Waikolu Valley
with scenic ocean views in the distant. Water flows from the steep cliffs at
three picturesque waterfalls after any period of rain. Try to get there
early morning for the best views.
Dixie Maru Beach
Dixie Maru Beach is the best place on the west end of Molokai for swimming and snorkeling,
providing the surf isn't pounding. This beautiful golden sand beach is NOT a place for
swimming if the surf is up. Whatever your desires, be sure to check current weather
and ocean conditions before taking the plunge. If the surf is up on the west side,
just stroll on over to the east side of the island to a place called Murphy's Beach
or check out Sandy Beach. Both these beaches are protected by Hawaii's longest
barrier reef and offer more suitable conditions for swimming and snorkeling year around.
Kalaupapa to Halawa
Along the North Shore of Molokai from Kalaupapa to Halawa is some of
the most amazing scenery on Molokai. The area is mostly wilderness
with coastal mountains and very steep valleys. The area is home to the
world's highest sea-cliffs, which slope on average 58 degrees and
reach heights of over 3000ft. Kahiwa Falls, Hawaii's highest waterfall,
drops some 1750ft from these cliffs. The North Shore is accessible
by helicopter. The valley has access in the summer by boat.
South East Molokai
For all you divers, Molokai has some of the Top dive spots in all Hawaii.
The longest barrier reef in Hawaii lies along the entire south side of Molokai.
This natural sanctuary is a sleeper and seldom gets more than a few divers
on any given day. Offering some of the Top diving in the islands, the barrier reef
is home to several species of rare reef fish and sea coral. Dive with sharks, rays and
the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Whale sightings in these pristine waters off the barrier
reef are not uncommon, during the winter months.
Activities and Attractions
Eco tours, guided mule tours, mountain biking, scuba diving, fishing and a variety of
ocean adventures that include everything from boat excursions around the island,
to whale watching tours - they're all here, however there are not very many tour
operator's, so this is one case where it is best to book in advance. If you need
more information about activities and attractions for Molokai, please don't hesitate
to contact us during our normal business hours, Mon - Fri 9am ~ 5pm PST. The number is
1-877-824-9244 or simply drop us a line and we'll be happy to help, enjoy.