Ready for some peace and quiet? You’ll find it on the island of Molokai, where the most noise you’ll probably hear is at the bakery in Kaunakakai with folks lined-up for steaming hot cinnamon rolls and freshly baked breads.
Molokai offers the perfect place for ultimate relaxation, though you can always find some interesting things to do. Try your hand at fishing with the locals or be adventurous and go sportfishing out in the open ocean. Intimate hiking and breathtaking bicycle tours are also available. For a truly unique experience, visitors aged 16 years and older can take a mule ride down the steep cliff to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the isolated and historic settlement of those inflicted with Hansen’s Disease.
Facts: Population 7,404, Area 260 sq. miles
The "Friendly Isle" has diversified agriculture, ranching, tourism and the world's highest sea cliffs along its northern coast. On a 13-square-mile peninsula below high cliffs is Kalaupapa, the Hansen's Disease settlement, officially called Kalawao County, a National Historical Park.
Flower: White Kukui Blossom
Island Color: Green
Family Fun: Kids love Molokai! And why wouldn’t they – they’re free to run wild over miles of open wilderness, explore tide pools teeming with exotic sea creatures, comb untracked beaches for treasures carried in by the sea, or learn to rope cattle with a real island ranch hand. And for junior astronomers, a trip to Molokai is truly an eye-opening experience – cloudless nights open to a brilliant blanket of stars unmarred by the glow of city lights.
On Molokai, as is true throughout the Islands of Aloha, keiki (children) are treated with an extra measure of hospitality. The gentle nature of Molokai residents makes a one-on-one hula demonstration or lei-making lesson all the more unforgettable.
Adventures: Much like everything else on Molokai, there is nothing pre-fabricated or pre-packaged about any of the myriad choices of activities you’ll enjoy here. It is truly a natural playground where you are free to walk, run, hike, kayak, swim, or bike your way through an unforgettable vacation. Among Molokai’s biggest attractions are the world’s tallest sea cliffs, plunging an astounding 3,000 feet to meet the crashing surf. This awesome coast is a must-see, and there are several ways to experience it. You might charter a sightseeing boat, hike, bike, horseback ride, or take a thrilling mule train trip down the very face of the cliffs.
Golf: Golfing on Molokai is as unassuming as you might expect it to be. At the lovely Ironwood Hills Golf Course, there are no tee times. No golf pros. Not even a clubhouse. Talk about a relaxing round! Just take your time and enjoy the cool, upcountry air and splendid views from this unique course, originally created for Del Monte executives. You'll enjoy the true essence of golf at Ironwood Hills Golf Course.
Photo courtesy: Hawaii Tourism (HTJ) - Molokai