A flight to Molokai can turn into unexpected thrill given the “right” airline company is used. The Mokulele brand serves under the banner of the larger company, “GO!”, but offers completely different experience with its 9-seater Cessna planes. First, the “terminal” has nothing to do with the fussy big terminals despite being part of them in geographical terms. Second, the service is absolutely hassle-free and efficient. No reason to contemplate lost luggage – every piece is loaded personally from the check-in counter to the plane by hand. Third, being in the air on such a small aircraft gives the unique sensation of a “bird flight” second only to what a helicopter or planer flight can provide. And all of this special feeling for the price of regular scheduled flight between two points in the Hawaiian archipelago. To add an extra bonus, the flights on this type of aircraft allow for low altitude and follow closely the contour of the islands, in the case of Molokai, giving exceptional views of its spectacular north shore.
The owner of Island Kine, Steve, is a crook. He rented us a jeep that had the check engine light on, the brakes were really bad and the vehicle had a constant jerking motion while operating (I was on crutches due to a broken leg as well). The company had no hestiation in putting a handicapped woman on crutches into a vehicle that was near death just to collect $100. We chose to use a family business versus the million dollar corporations and were robbed. The owner has refused to return my phone calls. Don't use this company.. All of their vehicles are old and broken down.
The only way to see the real Molokai is to get yourself a car!! Then you get to see it all. Island Kine Car Rental in Kaunakakai is the BEST. I love these guys! They always take such good care of us when we head to Molokai. Ask if they have any 4 wheel drive you may need it sometimes.:) The guys will take good care of you. Have fun!
Renting a car makes sense on Molokai since everything is so expansive and quite a ways to get to. There are no local bus, taxi or shuttle services. The Molokai airport is very small and the rental counters are visible in the baggage claim area. Budget and Dollar the big names in car rental there. Island Kine rental is in Kaunakakai town. Inquire if they will still come out to the airport to meet your flight and show you around.
The only way to travel around Molokai is by car! Rent a car and drive around, it's pretty easy as there are only 3 main roads. Even I didn't get lost (which is amazing, trust me).
When you go to the East side of the island, wave to all the cars you pass, there won't be that many. The roads get very narrow there , so slow down and take care!
Only two ways to get to Molokai - fly or ferry.
There are 5 flights a day from Oahu via Aloha and Hawaiian and twice a day ferry service from Lahina, Maui.
I love the airport in Molokai - no long walks. Walk down the airplane's stairs and you're there!
The ferry from Lahina runs twice a day - early in the morning and about 6:00PM. Many residents of Molokai commute to Maui daily for work.
We rented a 4-door car for our week and I must say, it is an absolute neccessity to truly experience the island. They are so many spots to 'check' out, but you really need a car or 4x4,insome cases. Its a bit expensive, but worth it, we rented thru Budget and it was unlimited mileage for 7 days, we put on 300 miles, in that time, which cost us $38.00 US for fuel and $217.00 US for rental... money well spent.
On an island without taxis and public transport renting a car is indispensable, even though bicycles could come in handy, as well.
But even by car many parts of the islands, esp. the tropical north-east, are inaccessible, so in order to explore this region you have to hike or rent a boat.
Moloka'i Air Shuttle is the cheapest way to get to Moloka'i, half the price of other carriers ($80 pp round trip from HNL). They operate from the far side of the airport at Honolulu Int'l so you'll have to get the car rental people to take you over there on the shuttle. Other idiosyncracies: no website, no credit cards. I mailed them a personal check two weeks in advance. They operate ten seat twin prop aircraft, twenty minute flight.
Ferries to Molokai: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Departure time: 7:30 a.m.
Return: 3:30 p.m.
The ride is approximately 90 minutes. Lower deck is mostly enclosed, upper deck open. A naturalist was on board on our ride over. Lots of whales sitings and some dolphins. Our ride both ways was pretty smooth but heard it can be quite rough on the return due to winds picking up.
Address:658 Front Street, #101
Lahaina, HI 96761, Boat slip 3
Fare Adults $40.00 one way
Children $20.00 one way
Packages Various packages are available. We chose the cruise/drive $139.00 for the driver, $79.00 per adult. There are also van tours of the island.
Discounts 10% if booked on-line or 15% AAA member
Flight to Molokai, is served regularly by Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Island Air.
The flight time between Honolulu International Airport and Hoolehua Airport on Molokai is approximately twenty minutes.