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    Kamoi Snack-N-Go

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    They offer many flavors of Dave's ice cream, even seasonal ones. For example I had pumpkin cheesecake ice cream near Thanksgiving. The waffle cones are homemade and delicious. And it is in a cute little town that we enjoyed walking around as we ate our delicious ice cream. I can't remember what we paid, but it was fair and they let us try many samples before we made our decision.

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    Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    Beautiful church in the countryside. This church does still do service. The door is unlocked so you can take a look inside at any time or go worship on your own. This is right on the main road going through the countryside on the west side of the island.

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    Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    Very interesting place. Not a "must see" but very cool if you have time. You walk in and see lots of beautiful flowers. Then you meet the owner and he gave us a personal tour. He told us lots of interesting facts about macadamia nuts, then we got to crack open some nuts. After that we did some sample taste tests (yum). He then allowed us into the gift shop. There was NO pressure to buy or pay him for anything and the price was fair.

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    Molokai Museum and Cultural Center

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    Very boring, but some of the photos inside of Kalaupapa were interesting. The gift shop had quite a bit of handicraft items for sale.
    The whole stop took us about 20 minutes and in that time we were plenty bored.

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    Phallic Rock

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

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    This is at the same stop as the Kalaupapa overlook. So, you might as well go and visit both. The trail takes about 15 minutes to the rock. There is plenty of parking and good bathroom facilities. No place here to buy food / drink, but you can get some about 10 minutes down the road

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    Kalaupapa Overlook, Beautiful

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    This overlook is from the same stop as the phallic rock. So, you might as well go and visit both. The trail takes about 5 minutes to the overlook. Beautiful overlook with the cliffs and the town below. There is plenty of parking and good bathroom facilities. No place here to buy food / drink, but you can get some about 10 minutes down the road.

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    Post-A-Nut, Hoolehua Post Office

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

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    They have lots of coconuts to choose from and they leave all different types of markers out for decoration. It was actually a lot of fun doing it. And once my son received it, he was showing it off to everyone. The post office is closed at lunchtime, meaning you can't even use the restroom. The people working there was awesome and fun to talk to. They showed us an add about post-a-nut in a magazine that they were really proud of. This wasn't very pricey either. I had a good size coconut and if I remember it was $11

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    Halawa Valley

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

    This is a VERY long drive from town. So, if you are short on time, this could be missed. And definitely bring your own food and drink. Make sure you have enough gas to get back to town. The area is very pretty and you are basically alone way out there.

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    Floral inspiration

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 26, 2013

    Royal coconut groves... Plumeria decorated women... Artist’s Eden... Polynesian past is peeking though the present, at least in floral terms, available for all to see at most unexpected locations along the highway or on the official park grounds.

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    West-end beaching

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 26, 2013

    West-end beaches are either expansive or cosy. The grandest of them all has so much sand that Oahu’s Waikiki is heavily indebted to it for its existence. The sheer volume and openness invite great surf and render it dangerous for swimmers but the feeling of remoteness and might is inescapable. Other beaches are sheltered in coves of decent size with waters beckoning man and beast to cohabitate. Most of them are accessible by car and facilities are not rare. People do seem to frequent the sands but the numbers are negligible and at any given time one might end up alone as if being on a private beach!

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    Halawa valley

    by Assenczo Written Aug 26, 2013

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    There are two approaches to the spectacular North Coast of Molokai – Father Damien’s leper colony in the north-central or the Halawa valley in the east. All stuff in-between is inaccessible by road so it can only be viewed either from a plane or a boat. The leper colony is tightly controlled and dutifully ticketed whereas the Halawa stays in a no-go limbo unless of course you’ve got the right guy at your side who would accompany you for a fee. The access to the valley’s kidney shaped bay is free and fare but the seas tend to be rough and uninviting for swimmers. The surf folk might have completely opposite opinion though. Lingering around would give you opportunity to glimpse what locals do with their free time and possibility to hook up with a guide for a trip to the falls or beyond who’s services are advertised politely and unintrusively. If trekking in steamy-hot tropical valley for the prize of a waterfall dip at the end of the path is your piece of cake the gentle overtures of the local touts should be taken seriously. Otherwise, the reasons for sticking around seem to evaporate rather rapidly.

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    Salt mining

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 26, 2013

    One of the rare experiences on the remote shores of Molokai is the salt gathering. To enjoy an activity like this one does not require any preparation but local knowledge is essential in order to end up in the right place. The western shores provide desolate beaches and rock formations with the right profile for the collection and consequent evaporation of salt water. The salt is easy to scoop out from the pools and after being hung up for a day or two in a porous bag it is ready to use or transport. Warning: the consistency of the salt may prompt airport security officials to take a close look. Inspection and tests are guaranteed.

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    Kuanakakai: The Only Town

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 11, 2008

    The only real town to speak of is Kuanakakai, and if you spend any time on Molokai, you'll have to here. It's the only place on the island to buy gas for your car, for one. But it also has the only collection of stores, dive shops, tourist information and other facilities. You'll probably end up eating or drinking at Paddlers or Molokai Pizza Cafe. And you'll almost certainly go here if you're doing any guided water activities. Kaunakakai even has TWO grocery stores! But it's a very small, dead town and it's closed on Sundays! (Even the gas stations close after 6 p.m. on Sunday, so beware!!)

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    Get Fertile at Phallus Rock

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 11, 2008

    Hoping to have a baby? Well, if you're at the Kalaupapa Overlook and are looking to reproduce, take the side trail to Phallus Rock, a site venerated by the ancient Hawaiians for its powers to induce pregnancy. Not that you can actually try reproducing here, because the site is remarkedly crowded with visitors, many young couples with gleams of babies in their eyes. I actually saw a 20-something local embrace the phallic helmet while posing for a picture, then cross herself as she left -- an interesting juxtoposition of religions.

    I wouldn't recommend Phallus Rock as a destination in and of itself, but it's definitely worth the hike if you're already at the overlook for Kalaupapa.

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    Kalaupapa: Home of the Leper Colony

    by AKtravelers Written Jul 11, 2008

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    Possibly the only reason to go to Molokai is to visit the Kalaupapa Peninsula that was home to an active leper colony from 1866-1972. This place is likely to get more famous soon, as the most renowned person associated with the colony, Father Damien, is about to be canonized by the Catholic Church.
    Unfortunately, you'll have to check other pages and the internet to get a first hand impression of the hike down the world's tallest seacliffs and the tour around the colony. Because there are still some Hansen's Disease patients there, it was closed for the entire 4th of July weekend. I never got further than the overlook, from which the photo is taken.

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