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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A natural harbor used by small cargo ships during the 19th century and a favorite fishing spot for locals, Kamalo is also the location...

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove

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From far away this spot looks like a sea of coconut trees. Closer up you can see that the tall stately palms are planted in long rows...

Kapukahehu Bay

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The sandy protected cove is usually completely deserted on weekdays but can fill up when the surf is up. The water in the cove is clear...


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Central Molokai's main town looks like a classic 1940s movie set. Along the one-block main drag is a cultural grab bag of restaurants...

Kaunakakai Wharf

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Once bustling with barges exporting pineapples, these docks now host visiting boats and the twice-weekly barge from Oahu. The wharf is...

Kawakiu Beach

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Seclusion is yours at this remote, beautiful, white-sand beach, accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle (through a gate that is sometimes...

Kepuhi Beach

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The Kaluakoi Hotel is closed, but its half mile of ivory sand is still accessible. The beach shines against the turquoise sea, black...


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Built in 1923, this quiet community at the western end of the highway once housed workers for the island's pineapple plantation. Many...

Molokai Acupuncture & Massage

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This relaxing retreat offers acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies, wellness treatments, and private yoga sessions by appointment only.

Molokai Lomi Massage

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Allana Noury of Molokai Lomi Massage has studied natural medicine for nearly 40 years and is a licensed massage therapist, master herbalist...


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