Beautiful, laid-back Molokai – Discover 'the Friendly Island'
The glorious tropical island of Molokai is famed for its remarkable friendliness and kindness. And it has maintained its traditional island feel, without a traffic light in sight. The attractive harbour town of Kaunakakai is a haven for local fishermen and farmers, so perfect for buying fresh-picked and caught local foods. And the indescribably lovely Halawa Valley must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Aloha is the best-known Hawaiian word. It means 'hello' but also signals love and respect.
The hula dance originated at Kaana, near Maunaloa. Each May the locals gather to celebrate the hula, the personification of the islands' powerful aloha spirit, at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival. Colourful stuff!
Hike to the splendid double-tiered, 250 foot high Mooula waterfalls
Marvel at Molokai's North Shore Pali
Grab a game on the nine-hole Ironwood Hills golf course
Add a visit to the beautiful historic town of Kalaupapa, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii, loved for its epic scenery, sheer isolation and perfect peace.
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Descend an immense 1,700 drop aboard a sturdy, sure-footed mule, down to the remote settlement of Kalaupapa. Kalaupapa Lookout at the Palaau State Park is an overlook with amazing views of Molokai’s north coast and Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Explore Kaunakakai which has hardly changed since the early 1900s
Take a mule ride along immense, towering coastal cliffs to Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kick back and relax at gorgeous Papohaku Beach Park
Take in all three, throw in a fishing trip with a difference from Kaunakakai Harbour, visit the Big Wind Kite Factory in Maunaloa and you'll soon feel familiar with this lovely island and its great big, warm, beating heart.
Kids love posting a real coconut home from Central Molokai’s Hoolehua Post Office. They also love the fascinating Hawaiian fishponds, cool examples of the ancients' highly effective aquaculture technology.
The ancient Polynesian people settled in this area in around 650AD and you can see all sorts of fascinating evidence for their arrival in the island's East End. Don't miss one of Molokai's most historic and fascinating areas where Cathedral Valley awaits you, rich in hidden places of worship called 'heiau', breathtaking views and absolutely huge waterfalls, all set amongst thick, fragrant tropical forest. You'll find Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park in Kaunakakai. It's an old Hawaiian coconut grove planted in the 1860s when King Kamehameha the fifth was on the throne. Featuring hundreds of waving, frondy coconut palm trees, it's one of the island's best loved natural landmarks. Wherever you look, this island is a sight to behold. Stunning!
More than 90% of Hawaii is so remote you can only reach it by helicopter. That's why Sunshine Helicopters are so popular, offering air tours of Maui, Molokai, Big Island Hawaii and Kauai. Breathtaking. Papohaku Beach, also called Three Mile Beach (by someone spectacularly unimaginative!), is an empty uninterrupted stretch of wide, white sand beaches rich in that famous Friendly Island ambience. You'll enjoy indoor and outdoor showers, picnic areas and loos, no crowds and brilliant views of Oahu. Wherever you go, you'll get a wonderfully warm island welcome.
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