Molokai Things to Do

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Assenczo
  • Things to Do
    by Assenczo

Molokai Things to Do

  • Kamoi Snack-N-Go

    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...

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  • Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church

    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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  • Saint Joseph Church

    Very beautiful little church in the countryside. Easy to find from the main road going through the countryside. The doors of the little countryside churches are always open to visit.

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  • Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm

    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...

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  • Molokai Museum and Cultural Center

    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

    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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  • Papohaku Beach Park

    Nothing all that special here, but nice and secluded if you have extra time. I only saw two other people there the whole time I was there. The bathrooms were clean and the grass well maintained.

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  • Kalaupapa Overlook, Beautiful

    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

    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....

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  • Halawa Valley

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Halawa valley

    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...

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  • Salt mining

    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...

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  • Enjoy Alone Time at Mo'omomi Sand Dunes

    Mo-omomi Sand Dunes are a vast stretch of Nature Conservency land along the windswept western north coast of Moloka'i.

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  • Kuanakakai: The Only Town

    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....

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  • Get Fertile at Phallus Rock

    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...

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  • Kalaupapa: Home of the Leper Colony

    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...

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  • Visit a Coconut Grove Fit for a King

    The Kapuâiwa Coconut Grove is just that - a coconut grove. It sits near Kaunakakai and was originally planted in the 1860's by Kamehameha V. Take a stroll through, if you're brave. But consider yourself warned because these trees have NOT been sanitized of their fruit like so many others throughout these islands. The ocassional thud you will hear...

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  • Visit Papohaku Beach Park

    This park is on the northwestern side of the island. Yes, this is the arid side and the vegetation does not appear all that tropical because of it.It's just your typical beach park. Down towards the beach you'll find one hidden and unpleasant feature. Little twiggs hidden in the deep sand that have fallen from some of the smaller trees. Your bare...

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  • Kalaupapa Lookout

    If you cannot take the muleride down to Kalaupapa, you should at least catch a glimpse of it. It's a nice stroll through an ironwood forest to the overlook.

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  • Visit a Museum

    The Moloka‘i Museum is located in the upper reaches of the island at the old Meyer Sugar Mill. This museum is mostly dedicated to the sugarcane industry and, more appropriately, the work of R. W. Meyer's family from the late 1800's onward. The building that houses the majority of the historic equipment was the original building used by the Meyer's...

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  • Drive to Halawa (East End)

    The 25 mile drive from Kaunakaki to the end of the road is very scenic and well worth it. The road can get pretty narrow and twisty in spots, but traffic is light and the slow speed limit take the pressure off. Kaunakaki is right on the dividing line between the wet and dry ends, so as you head east the land becomes more and more lush.Along the way...

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  • Kalaupapa Lookout and Phallic Rock

    At the end of the road north of Kaunaukakai, is the Kalaupapa Lookout and the Kaule o NanaHoe (phallic rock). The parking lot leads to both, just follow the signs. North of the parking lot is the short (100 yards) trail to the lookout. The view is fantastic, standing at the top of the highest seacliffs in Hawaii, looking down at the former leper's...

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  • Golfing

    There are two golf courses on Molokai.Kaluakoi Resort on the west end has a stunning 18 hole designed by someone famous (Robinson?) that just reopened. Green fees run $70 for 18 holes or $35 for nine, including cart. Club rental is $15 and a pro is available on site. The front nine is level and along the water with great vistas. Back nine goes up...

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  • Mule Ride to Kalaupapa

    An exciting ride not for the feint of heart! Starting at the top of the world's highest sea cliffs, seasoned guides lead you down a steep and at times very narrow trail to Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Kalaupapa is the site of the leper colony where Father Damian worked for many years. While there are no longer any active cases of leprosy in...

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  • Longest beach in Hawai'i

    Papohaku Beach is the longest white sand beach in Hawai'i. What always amazes me is that many times I'm the only person on the entire 3 mile stretch.A great place for jogging or a quiet stroll. Swimming is usually safe in the summer, but strong winter swells create dangerous and dramatic surf conditions. Best time to visit the beach is early in the...

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  • Molokai to Oaha Paddleboard Race

    Some 70 participants from an international field journey to Molokai to compete in this 32-mile race, considered to be the world championship of long-distance paddleboard racing. The race begins at Kaluakoi Beach on Molokai at 7am and finishes at Maunaloa Bay, Oahu around 12:30pm. Call tel. 808/638-8208. Mid- to late July.

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  • macadamian nut farm

    You can visit Perdy's Macadamian nut farm and have a tour from how they are grown on the tree to how they are harvested, dried, methods of roasting, how to cook with them,etc.Definitly buy some of the nut oil; different flavours and it is very healthy.

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  • Hanging in Oahu

    In addition to being the home to Honolulu, the biggest city in Hawaii, the island of Oahu offers its vistors 100+ miles of white sand beaches, transparent ocean waters, extreme waves for surfing, historical monuments, museums and tropical gardens and rainforests. Picture: The lifeguard tower on the left overlooks a small island called Chinamans Hat...

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  • Kalaupapa Peninsula

    This peninsula is one of the most remarkable and unusual travel destinations in the world and the highlight of any visit to Molokai.It is a working leper colony and can only be visited by plane or by descending a narrow spectacular trail from the top of a cliff.I went down on a mule. Our group was met by a guide (one of the lepers) who showed us...

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  • East Coast

    Molokai's east coast is lush and tropical. The road ends at the beautiful Halawa Valley, the only valley accessible by car, with gorgeous waterfalls and two picturesque pebble bays.

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  • Kalaupapa National Historic Park

    One of the more difficult National Park sites to reach in the U.S., Kalaupapa may be visited only by persons 16 and older, and then only by invitation. The best way to secure an invitation is through Damien Tours. (See our activity tip under Kalaupapa Mule Ride).Once we arrived at the park on muleback, we were greeted by a congenial fellow in a...

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  • Kalaupapa Lookout

    This dramatic point in the Palaau State Park offers a spectacular view of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. A "leper" colony, this idyllic peninsula is seperated from the rest of the island by dramatic sea cliffs which soar half a mile above the Pacific. The term "leporsy" is no longer politically correct, having been replaced by the term "Hansen's...

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  • Kalaupapa Mule Ride

    No roads lead to Kalaupapa. In fact, this remote pennisula is a County to itself, Kalawao," totally seperate from Maui County, of which the rest of Molokai is a part. There is a small airport, and twice a year a supply barge lands at the dock, but the more adventurous way to visit this remote outpost is to walk or take a mule down the Kalaupapa...

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  • Pala'au State Park

    In the high country on the north end of Molokai we reveled in the cool misty pines that comprise Pala'au State Park. There are picnic tables, petroglyphs, and winding trails atop 3,000 foot sea cliffs. One trail was a pleasant walk to Phallic Rock. According to traditional Hawaiian religion, any young maiden who has trouble conceiving a child will...

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  • Halawa Valley is sacred for a reason

    This is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. One of the Jurassic Park movies opened with helicopter shots flying up the valley. Two high waterfalls at the inland end, lush vegetation down to the black sand beach at Halawa Bay. Excellent surfing, calmest in August when it's double overhead. Six residents there now but previously...

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  • Molokai Beaches

    You will find many beaches on Molokai and some of them you will hardly see a soul. Beaches here are not like the sardine packed beaches of Oahu. Great views, nice white sandy beaches and your own footprints....priceless!

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  • West Coast

    The most beautiful beaches on the island can be found on the west coast.Even though the sparse vegetation in this part of the island does not fulfil the Hawaiian cliché of a tropical paradise, the beaches, esp. the 2.5 mile Papohaku beach are world class (white sand, blue sea) and usually deserted.

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  • Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

    The interior is quite small but charming and is 8-10 pews deep. Masses are still given once a week on Sundays at 7:15 a.m.

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  • Papohaku Beach

    Located on the west side of the island, Papohaku Beach is considered to be the best in Molokai and 2nd largest. It spans 3 miles in length and 100 yards wide and is almost deserted. We saw at the most maybe 3 other people on this beach. Appeared to be a great place for relaxing or a barbecue, camping is available also.However, the currents looked...

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  • Ili'ili'opae Heiau

    Built in the 13th century this heiau is the 2nd largest and perhaps the oldest religious site in Hawaii. The temple was a school for sorcerers and was known for human sacrifice. It was constructed of stone passed hand by hand for 8 miles over mountains and a steep trail. No mortar was used.On the National Register of Historic Places.It is located...

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  • The Martyr of Molokai

    The statue of Father Damien is next to the church and often draped with leis.Father Damien was born in Belgium in 1840. In 1864 he was ordained a priest in Honolulu, then 9 years later he joined the leper colony on Molokia when many of his parishiners were being shipped there after becoming inflicted with leprosy. He dedicated 16 years of his life...

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  • St. Joseph's Church

    Another church built by Father Damien in 1876, the 2nd oldest on Molokia, and on the National Register of historical places. It is located right next to highway 450 on the ocean side.

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  • Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

    The 2nd church built by Father Damien on Molokai, completed in 1874. The church is set amongst a beautiful background of mountains. Looking out towards the ocean another ancient fish pond can be seen.

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