Molokai Sights

The first thing to do on Molokai is to drive everywhere. It’s a feat you can accomplish comfortably in two days. Depending on where you stay, spend one day exploring the west end and the other day exploring the east end. Basically you have one 40-mile west–east highway (two lanes, no stoplights) with three side trips: the nearly deserted little west-end town of Maunaloa, the Highway 470 drive

(just a few miles) to the top of the north shore and the overlook of Kalaupapa Peninsula, and the short stretch of shops in Kaunakakai town. After you learn the general lay of the land, you can return to the places that interest you most. Directions on the island are often given as mauka (toward the mountains) and makai (toward the ocean).

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Church Row

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Standing together along the highway are several houses of worship with primarily native-Hawaiian congregations. Notice the unadorned,...

Coffees of Hawaii

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Visit the headquarters of a 500-acre Molokai coffee plantation, where the espresso bar serves freshly made sandwiches, lilikoi (passion...

Damien Tours

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The only way to explore Kalaupapa once you get there, this 3½-hour bus tour is operated by a resident family. You must bring your own...

Department of Parks, Land and Natural Resources

  • Beach–Sight

All of Hawaii's beaches are free and public. None of the beaches on Molokai have telephones or lifeguards, and they're all under the...

Destination Molokai Visitors Bureau

  • Information Center

Ask about a brochure with up-to-date listings of vacation rentals operated by this agency's members. ...

Halawa Beach Park

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The vigorous water that gouged the steep, spectacular Halawa Valley also carved out two adjacent bays. Accumulations of coarse sand and...

Halawa Valley

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The Solatorio Ohana (family) leads hikes through the valley, the oldest recorded habitation on Molokai. It is home to two sacrificial...

Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour

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Mount a friendly, well-trained mule and wind along a thrilling 3-mile, 26-switchback trail to reach the town of Kalaupapa, which was...

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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For 100 years, this remote strip of land was "the loneliest place on Earth," a beautiful yet feared place of exile for those suffering...

Kalokoeli Fishpond

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With its narrow rock walls arching out from the shoreline, Kalokoeli is typical of the numerous fishponds that define southern Molokai.