Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai is one of the Hawaiian Islands in the US. Among all the major islands in Hawaii, Molokai is the fifth-largest in size and third oldest and nicknamed ‘The Most Hawaiian Island’. Thanks to aloha from residents, Molokai is also known as ‘The Friendly Island’. Most of the beaches and interesting sights on the island are well spread out on the island and as such, a tour bus or a car would be an excellent way of touring this island and getting the most out of it. An Alamo car rental company is located at the airport and you can hire jeeps and vans at an affordable price. Most of the roads on the island are pretty in good condition and you will enjoy it.

The first place worthy of a visit is the Kalaupapa National Historical Park and visits to this former colony can be organized. Some of the former patients opted to remain here and you will be able to visit them. The Molokai Cultural Center and Museum features an old sugar mill that was restored and has a lot of history about the island. The Phallic Rock is all about everything you would expect it to be and you can get amazing views of the island from the rock. The Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is located along a row of churches but worthy of a visit. Some churches were built by Saint Damien on Molokai Island that is worthy of a visit as well.

There are many exciting and enjoyable things to do on Molokai Island like mule rides, snorkeling/ scuba diving, visiting Kaluakoi Golf Course, and IronWood Hills Golf Course. As you travel on to the western part of the Island, you will be able to see the white sand beach extending three miles away called Papohaku. However, you are guaranteed not to see many people here but it is a good place to go for walking but not swimming. Also, go to Maunaloa which used to be an old plantation but has now been turned to a kite making factory. Driving to the eastern parts of the island along the pretty crazy road will lead you to amazing sights and you can take pictures of them.

While shopping might not be a great activity as such to engage in, Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions are worthy of a visit where you can access WIFI internet, have some free coffee and local maps. A visit to Purdy’s Nut Farm will give you an opportunity of learning how to grow macadamia nuts and possibly crack yours as well. There is quite a wide range of eating options in Molokai and you can opt to go for a meal at Paddlers Inn, Kualapuu cookhouse, Kanemitsu Bakery, and Coffees of Hawaii Plantation snack bar. Sleeping is offered at Kaluokoi Villas, Aqua Hotel Molokai, and Hotel Molokai. If you are interested in camping there are two state-owned parks which permit camping and have bathrooms and showers. These are Papohaku Beach Park and One Ali’ I Beach Park and vacation homes are available at Papapa Plantation.