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—as throughout Hawaii—are often given as mauka (toward the mountains) and makai (toward the ocean).

Most Molokai establishments cater to the needs of locals, not tourists, so you may need to prepare a bit more than if you were going to a more popular destination. Pick up a disposable cooler in Kaunakakai town, then buy supplies in local markets. Don’t forget to carry some water, and bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent to the island with you.

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Church Row

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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. There's a small gift shop that sells all things coffee, and live music...

Damien Tours

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

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.


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Although the mid-1970s Kaluakoi Hotel and Golf Club is closed and forlorn, some nice condos and a gift shop are operating nearby. Kepuhi...

Kamakou Preserve

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Tucked away on the slopes of Mt. Kamakou, Molokai's highest peak, this 2,774-acre rain-forest preserve is a dazzling wonderland full...


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