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Molokai Itinerary

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.

Day 1
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.

Day 2
Old Truck in Kalaupapa
This old truck and Kalaupapa are slowly fading away
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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
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, or the little town of Maunaloa on the west end of the island.


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