Molokai

Aloha,

There is an island in Hawaii the world has left behind. A place with no traffic lights, no building taller than a coconut tree. Where nature calls you to push yourself to the limit…and pull yourself together. An island, a place, a state of mind…called Molokai.

You’ll find that visitors come here for the 100% natural excitement, such as the tropical beauty of Halawa Valley and historic Kalaupapa National Park as well as the thrilling activities on land and sea. But despite the isle’s allure as a mecca for outdoor adventurers, Molokai’ians know you’ll need to unwind after a day of it. Our destination offers delightful accommodations, secluded bed & breakfasts, vacation homes, beachfront condominiums, charming hotels and a fine lodge. You’ll definitely find something that suits your needs.

You may find something else as well, a sense of peace and serenity you haven’t felt in a long, long time. That’s when you know; you’re living on Molokai time. Yes, the world has indeed left Molokai behind, or is it the other way around?

We welcome you to explore all she has to offer.

A hui hou (until then),

Molokai Visitors Association

http://www.gohawaii.com/molokai

Island Highlights

Kalaupapa
Starting in 1866, Hawai’i citizens who contracted Hansen’s Disease-the dreaded “separating sickness” or “leprosy” that figures so prominently in Bible stories-were sent here, virtually cast away. This was the final mission of Saint Damien, who was canonized in 2009, and other “Martyrs of Moloka’i” whose sacrifices inspired a global effort to cure the disease. In keeping with its hard-won spirit of privacy, Kalaupapa offers no lodging, no shopping, and no lunch counter. Visits are restricted to a single day.

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Halawa Valley
The road stops at beautiful Halawa Valley, the first of the north shore’s small, steep-walled canyons. The hike up the valley is a Hawaiian classic-through lush forest and past ancient settlement sites to two-hundred-fifty-foot Mo’oula Falls, where you can swim in the pools. Valley residents don’t want people just traipsing through, but they don’t mind if you’re led by a guide. To book the hike, call any of our activity centers on island.

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Papohaku Beach
The choicest of these is west-end Papohaku Beach Park, a grassy campsite with showers, restrooms, drinking water, and-best of all-the near presence of one of the largest beaches in Hawai’i.

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The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch
The west end of the island, remote as it seems, is scarcely more than a dozen miles from Kaunakakai. You have two dining choices here in the small town of Maunaloa, site of Molokai’s triplex movie theater and the island’s most elegant accommodation, the Lodge at Molokai Ranch. The island’s finest restaurant, the Maunaloa Room, offers high-end dining at a scale appropriate to this unique island. The chef has designed his own “Moloka’i regional” cuisine, and the restaurant’s decor harmonizes with the Lodge’s beautifully stated theme as a luxury ranch house.

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Sportfishing
The 31 foot, twin diesel “Alyce C” or the 27 foot “Ahi” of Fun Hogs Sportfishing offer the excitement of hooking up to a big marlin, a mahimahi, or an ono. (They go whale-watching too.) Ahi captain Mike Holmes is one of the only fishing boat skippers in Hawai’i who believes his guests should keep whatever they catch. Fun Hogs will also take you outside the reef to find the best waves on the island, hand you a boogie board and some advice, then let you play.

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Coffees of Hawai’i
North of town, in the upland area called Kalae, visit Coffees of Hawai’i and Kualapuu Cookhouse. Drive uphill through the coffee orchards and stop to tour the farm by foot, learning everything about coffee production from seed to cup. Hop on Mule Drawn Wagon Tours (Mon – Fri 8am & 1pm, Sat 8am). Or take the Morning Espresso Walking Tour (Mon – Fri 10am, Sat 9am). Call first to let them know you’re coming. The down-home Kualapuu Cookhouse next door serves local-style breakfast and lunch (and great homemade pies).

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Hotel Moloka’i
The locals’ favorite, the charming Hotel Moloka’i has recently been renovated. It fronts reef-sheltered waters that in the morning tend to be as smooth as glass, and features a great poolside/seaside terrace with bar, fine-dining restaurant, outdoor seating and entertainment.

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Horseback Riding
The cowboys on Moloka’i Ranch can prove to you they were the real cowboys before their colleagues put their spurs on in the American Midwest. Guests can saddle-up and ride in a state-of-the-art rodeo arena with experienced horsemen and women who teach cattle herding, penning, and sorting. For those looking to venture out, working paniolo (cowboys) take guests out on the Ranch’s 65,000 acres of land for a visually spectacular Kaana Trail Ride.

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Snorkeling
On Moloka’i, a complete portfolio of water sports is available for your selective investment of time. Why selective? Because you can’t possibly do it all in one trip. Snorkeling and scuba diving (both really incredible here, because of the miles of amazing barrier reefs), body surfing and boogie boarding, surfing – you get the drift. And all of its framed by the dazzle of the island’s blue-chip beaches.

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Agriculture Tour
Come and join us as we tour a few farms and an ancient Hawaiian Fishpond on Moloka’i! You’ll learn about Hawaiian history and culture, as well as different techniques of farming the land and the sea. Come and meet farmers and workers, and learn why they love farming this beautiful land. You’ll sample some of the fruits of their labor as you enjoy your lunch at Coffees of Hawai’i. E Hele Mai! Come along!