molokai holidays planner

The Hawaiian Island of Molokai, justifiably called "The Friendly Island", is the most Hawaiian of the Hawaiian islands. In this land where no building is taller than the tallest coconut palm tree, tradition flourishes, the wilderness is truly wild and unspoilt, and the lifestyle is lost in time. Here you'll find breathtaking natural beauty, rain forests, and deserted beaches; here you will not find a glitzy nightlife or exciting bar scene. The aloha spirit is alive and peaceful on Molokai. No malls, no franchises, not even a traffic light. Just peace and beauty.

Molokai Holidays Overview

When visiting Molokai, be sure to spend some time at the ancient fish-ponds. The ancient Hawaiians were actually engineering innovators, and their use of aquaculture—stone and coral fish-ponds—was astounding. Molokai has many of these well-preserved fish-ponds located along its southern coast, most built 700-800 years ago. The semicircular walls of the ponds were made from lava boulders and coral that kept fish inside while still allowing seawater in and out. Only Hawaiian alii (Royalty/chiefs) were permitted to eat the fish that came from these sacred ponds. Explore examples of these ingenious ponds along the 20 miles off Molokai's south and south-eastern shores, where more than 60 fish-ponds were once in use.

One of Molokai's most recognised and memorable landmarks is the Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park, an ancient Hawaiian coconut grove planted in the 1860s during the reign of King Kamehameha V. With hundreds of coconut trees in this park, the danger from falling coconuts is very real, so this wonder is best viewed from nearby Kiowea Beach Park.

When planning a visit to Molokai, it's best to plan well in advance, as the selection of places to stay is not vast; the locals prefer to keep tourism at a minimum, to keep their island pristine and keep the ancient ways.

Molokai Accommodation Guide

There are condos, B&Bs, numerous beach houses and bungalow, and not a lot of hotels. The good news is you get a real feel for old Hawaii here.

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Molokai Travel Information

Molokai is accessible via a short flight from Maui or Oahu, and there is a ferry service from Maui. Flights generally fly into the Hoolehua Airport, although there is also an airport at Kalaupapa. Once on the island, hiring a car is necessary, as there is no public transportation on Molokai. A single highway stretches from one side of the island to the other, making this Hawaii's easiest island to navigate..