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Molokai Travel Guide

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Plan Your Molokai Vacation

With sandy beaches to the west, sheer sea cliffs to the north, and a rainy, lush eastern coast, Molokai offers a bit of everything, including a peek at what the Islands were like 50 years ago. Large tracts of land from Hawaiian Homeland grants have allowed the people to retain much of their traditional lifestyle. A favorite expression is "Slow down, you're on Molokai." Exploring the great outdoors

and visiting the historic Kalaupapa Peninsula, where St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope helped people with leprosy, are attractions for visitors.

Molokai is generally thought of as the last bit of "real" Hawaii. Tourism has been held at bay by the island's unique history and the pride of its predominantly native Hawaiian population. Only 38 miles long and 10 miles wide at its widest point, Molokai is the fifth-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Eight thousand residents call Molokai home, nearly 60% of whom are Hawaiian.

Molokai is a great place to be outdoors. There are no tall buildings, no traffic lights, no streetlights, no stores bearing the names of national chains, and nothing at all like a resort. You will, however, find 15 parks and more than 100 miles of shoreline to play on. At night the whole island grows dark, creating a velvety blackness and a wonderful, rare thing called silence.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Kalaupapa Peninsula Hike or take a mule ride down the world's tallest sea cliffs to a fascinating, historic community that still houses a few former Hansen's disease patients.
  2. A waterfall hike in Halawa A fascinating guided hike through private property takes you past ancient ruins, restored taro patches, and a sparkling cascade.
  3. Deep-sea fishing Sport fish are plentiful in these waters, as are gorgeous views of several islands. Fishing is one of the island's great adventures.
  4. Closeness to nature Deep valleys, sheer cliffs, and the untamed ocean are the main attractions on Molokai.
  5. Papohaku Beach This 3-mile stretch of golden sand is one of the most sensational beaches in all of Hawaii. Sunsets and barbecues are perfect here.

When To Go

When to Go

If you're keen to explore Molokai’s beaches, coral beds, or fishponds, summer is your best bet for nonstop calm seas and sunny skies. The weather...

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