Molokai has a slower pace and offers visitors many choices for sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, hiking,
and just plain old relaxing. However, choices for golf, tennis,
fishing, and organized activities are limited. If you want to get
away from it all and go at your own pace, Molokai will appeal to you.
Explore the West Side: Most of the best beaches are on
the dry west side of the island. Papohaku Beach is one of the best
beaches in Hawaii. There are two good beaches at the Kaluakoi Resort
as well and you can enjoy lunch or dinner there. If you'd like to do
more than lay on the beach, try the Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park
where you can see many African animals here in the Hawaiian Islands.
Kalaupapa: This town and peninsula was once a community
of 1,600 people suffering from leprosy that had been banished from other
parts of Hawaii. A priest named Father Damien cared for the
afflicted until he too died of the disease in 1889. You can fly in,
ride a mule down the cliffs, or hike down them. It's necessary to arrange for a tour and no one less than
16 years of age is admitted.
|This old truck and Kalaupapa are slowly fading away
Relax and tour central Molokai: If you hiked or took the
mule ride to Kalaupapa a day of rest is in order. You can explore the
island's main town of Kaunakakai, tour the Meyer Sugar Mill and Purdy's
Macadamia Nut Farm, and still have time left over to rest and recuperate.
Halawa Valley: The road in
east Molokai dead ends at Halawa Valley. Although the trip is only
30 miles from Kaunakakai , there are many twists and turns along with
bumps and potholes toward the end of the road. Halawa Beach Park
contains a curving beach that is safe to swim in the summer. There
are hiking trails but you will hear warnings that local residents are not
friendly to hikers.
More relaxation: You have seen the "big" sites
so now you can simply relax or return to do again what ever you enjoyed
before. If you are a golfer, you have your choice of two courses on
the island. Shopping is limited to Kaunakakai, the Kaluakoi Resort,
the little town of Maunaloa on the west end of the island.