Hawaii Guide


The Island of Molokai


The Island of Molokai, also known as "The Most Hawaiian Isle" was once a place of exile where shamed warriors of the past and law breakers were sent as part of their penance. Today it is a popular vacation destination where people flock to from all over the world.

Times may have changed, but out of all the islands, Molokai has firmly held on to its past and has fought the development and commercialization that seems to have been embraced by the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and even Lanai to some extent. Instead, the Island of Molokai has chosen to follow the route of eco tourism. Many believe that this isle has managed to stay "untouched" due to the high number of native Hawaiians living on the island hence how it earned the title of "The Most Hawaiian Isle."

Only 264 square miles in area, it is hard to believe that this island holds a number of distinct regions, each with their own character. The main city is called Kaunakakai and is home to the majority of restaurants and is the island's shopping centre, extending just over three blocks. The centre of Molokai and the west coast are largely agriculturally focused and are home to old style farms and ranches. Sea cliffs (the highest in the world), valleys and rainforests can be found in the east as well as the impressive Kahiwa Falls.

Historically, the Island of Molokai became home to a Belgium priest by the name of Father Damien during the 1860s. Father Damien settled in the Kalaupapa peninsula a place of exile for those suffering from leprosy where he dedicated almost sixteen years treating, caring for and comforting those unfortunate enough to be suffering from the dreaded disease. Even today you will find many leprosy suffers still choose to live here.

The Island of Molokai's Natural Attractions

Molokai is proudly home to one of the longest and whitest of Hawaii's beaches Papohaku Beach. Heard of the Hawaiian Hula? Well this dance is a strong component of the Hawaiian culture and Molokai is where it originated from. This magical dance can only be witnessed on one day a year the 3rd Saturday in May which corresponds with the Ka Hula Piko Festival held at Papohaku Beach. The celebrations extend throughout the day and are a sight not to be missed! More on the Hawaiian Hula.

Visitors to Molokai also get to experience a number of ocean activities and island adventures such as the island's famed mule ride and the Pepeopae Trail.

Molokai is Hawaii at her most pure come and discover her!