Aloha kakou! My name is Molokai.

and am the fifth largest island of Hawaii

I am 61 km long and 16 km widewhich gives me an area of 673 km². My shape is often compared to a shoe or a fish, but I think the latter fits a little better! From my western shore at night you can see the lights of Honolulu see, while Lanai and Maui are visible at all times from my south coast.
Molokai's stunning coastline
Molokai's stunning coastline
On me you will find, at least according to legend, the Birthplace of the Hula Goddess Laka. In their honor, we celebrate the birth of the hula every year with the Ka Hula Piko Festival. On my northeastern coast I am home to the highest cliffs, and on my south coast the most extended coral cliff in the world. Also Papohaku Beach, one of the largest beaches with white sand on all Hawaii, there is with me. I am often referred to as the most Hawaiian island because much of me is still unspoiled and there is not as much tourism as in the rest of Hawaii exists. On me there are neither skyscrapers nor traffic lights and only a few Hotels - for that I enchant my visitors with lots of Aloha Spirit. Most of my residents are of Hawaiian descent and live in peace and serenity. You can reach me by plane landing at Molokai Airport in Ho'olehua, or with the Molokai-Maui ferry, which runs twice a day between Lahaina and Kaunakakai. The ferry ride from Lahaina in Maui is about 90 minutes. My nickname is "the Friendly Island" - the friendly island. Why? Just come visit me and find out, or contact for advice!

The history of Molokai

St. Joseph's Church - refuge for lepers of that time
St. Joseph's Church - refuge for lepers of that time
I am through Two volcanoes were created - East Molokai and the smaller West Molokai. The highest point, Kamakou, is 1,510 meters above sea level and is located on East Molokai. I was first settled in 650, by inhabitants of the Marquesas Islands. Later, migrants from Tahiti and other countries of the South Pacific joined them. Although James Cook had already sighted Molokai in 1778, George Dixon was the first European sailor to visit me in 1786. In 1795, King Kamehameha I appropriated Molokai in a brutal battle. Later, the islanders had to work hard for the king by cutting sandalwood forests and transporting them on ships. In the late 19th century, King Kamehameha built a vacation domocile on "the Friendly Island" and had more than 1.000 coconut palms in Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. In 1866, my secluded peninsula of Kalaupapa became the Quarantine station for leprosy patients. The Belgian missionary Father Damian de Veuster took care of the sick outcasts in this area, which was difficult to reach from the rest of Molokai. The missionary was canonized in 2009 and is still revered by the locals on Molokai.

Beaches and parks on Molokai

As probably the most pristine and untouched island in Hawaii, I have a lot to offer in terms of parks and beaches. Here is just a small selection - to learn more, contact the expert team at!
  • Halawa Valley waterfall
    Halawa Valley waterfall
    The Kalaupapa Lookout and the Pala'au State Park offer breathtaking views over the north coast of Molokai. Here you can marvel at the high cliffs and the Kalaupapa Peninsula.
  • It is generally believed that Polynesians settled in Halawa Valley as early as 650 AD. Here you can embark on a breathtaking hike in one of the oldest areas of Hawaii go. Halawa Valley is about an hour and a half from Molokai Airport, and on the way you pass many beaches and fishing ponds.
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park is one of the most remote areas of Hawaii. However, you can't go to Kalaupapa by car - only by plane, by hiking or by mule you can reach this beautiful peninsula.
  • Papohaku Beach is the longest white sand beach in all of Hawaii. It is three miles long, which earned it its nickname "Three Mile Beach." Papohaku is often deserted, and there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Looking across the Kaiwi Channel, you can catch a glimpse of Oahu.
  • Kapukahehu Beach is a crescent-shaped beach in a small bay. This beach is particularly popular with both residents and tourists and safe swimming is almost always possible here.
  • Pohaku Mauliuli Beach is a wonderful place for a trip in summer, because then swimming is the safest. Keawe trees provide pleasant shade on hot days.
  • One Ali'i Park offers a long, shallow beach with soft sand. This beach is especially suitable for small children and is equipped with showers, a pavilion and fresh water.
  • Kakahai'a Beach Park has an inviting picnic area and water wading is available year-round. Kumimi or Murphy Beach is the most popular place for snorkeling on Molokai. The sand is a beautiful golden color, and the water is calm and inviting for swimming. Sandy Beach has especially fine white sand, while the beach itself is crescent-shaped.

Sightseeing and shopping on Molokai

The Molokai Museum and Cultural Center in Kualapuu offers information about Molokai and the history of lepers. More information about hikes, tours and rides with mules can be obtained here.
Coconut palm on Molokai
Coconut palm on Molokai
Phallic Rock in Pala'au State Park is located at the base of Nananhoa Hill. Phallic Rock is a rock in the shape of a phallus that is nearly six feet high. For many generations, women have made offerings to this rock to pray for fertility. A beautiful forest of ironwood trees surrounds this area, giving it an aura of peace and serenity. Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is located in Kaunakakai. Here is the Coconut Grovewhich was planted by King Kamehameha in the 1860s and is now home to hundreds of coconut palms. This area is wonderful for viewing one of the last coconut groves in Hawaii at sunset. In the town of Kaunakakai, centrally located on me, there are no traffic lights, taking visitors back to a time that is simpler and has changed little since the early 20th century. This charming town, known for its paniolos - Hawaiian cowboys - is home to Molokai's main port. Walking on the pier of Kaunakakai Harbor, you can watch local fishermen fishing for their dinner. Kaunakakai's main street, Ala Malama Avenue, was named after King Kamehameha V's vacation home. Here you can find lots of stores and boutiques like Imamura's Store, Pascua's General Store or Kalele Bookstore, where you can get free coffee, information for tourists and WiFi. Every Saturday there is a market where you can spend the whole day.

Activities on Molokai

Molokai is great for whale watching
Molokai is great for whale watching
Even though I have many beautiful beaches to relax on, I also have a lot to offer for those travelers who want to be active during their stay on Molokai. Who also does not want to do without on Molokai, Golf to play, should visit the Ironwood Hills Golf Course. It's very laid back here, and no one is paying attention to how many strokes it takes to hole the ball. The Ironwood Hills course is so far above sea level that you can see Lanai from some holes. Between December and May, many humpback whales stay in Hawaii. They swim 3000 miles from Alaska to Hawaii to breed and raise offspring. If you travel to Molokai during this time, you can have experts accompany you to the beaches where whale watching is best. At Purdy's Nut Farm in Ho'olehua, you can learn how macadamia nuts grow and crack and enjoy a few yourself. The Coffees of Hawaii coffee plantation, which is more than 2000 m, offers tours and is definitely worth a trip. If you'd like to send a coconut to friends or family back home, stop by the Hoolehua Post Office - it's just postage back home!

Food and catering on Molokai

Enjoy exotic fruits on Molokai
Enjoy exotic fruits on Molokai
As with the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, I have a variety of typical Hawaiian and Polynesian foods here on Molokai. At the famous Kanemitsu's Bakery, many locals and tourists line up every day to buy freshly baked bread. For all visitors to Molokai, it is a must to try bread spread with jam, butter, cream cheese or cinnamon at this bakery. The Molokai Pizza Café is also worth a visit. Here you can find fresh pizzas, sandwiches and a wide selection of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Hula Shores, a restaurant that is part of the Aqua Hotel Molokai, serves Hawaiian and Polynesian food outdoors. Hula Shores is the only restaurant on Molokai that serves freshly tapped beer.

Statistics and interesting facts about Molokai

Miles of hikes invite you to hike
Miles of hikes invite you to hike
The average number of visitors on Molokai per day is about 1000 tourists. There is only 1 hotel on the whole island, the rest of the accommodation for visitors consists of vacation rentals and cottages. My average temperature is 23.8 degrees. On me there is a water reservoir that contains 5.3 million liters and is considered the largest reservoir of its kind in the world. I am about 137 meters above sea level, and my highest point is Kamakou at 1510 meters. My southern coast is home to the longest coral reef in the U.S. at 40 kilometers. I am the fifth largest island in Hawaii and rank 27th among the largest islands in the USA. About 7345 people live on me on an area of 673.45 km².

The people of Molokai

Molokai's nearly 8000 residents embody the Aloha Spirit every day with their serenity and calm charisma. Molokai has the largest percentage of Native Hawaiian and Polynesian people of all the islands of Hawaii. Most Molokai residents make a living from tourism or grow fruits and vegetables.
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