Moloka’i Off the Beaten Path

Photo by Brent Payne

Trip ideas for first-timers and repeat visitors

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Molokai makes for a great day trip and a surprising contrast from Maui.

Kaunakakai, the island’s center, lacks crowds, buildings and even stoplights.

Check out the kingly Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove then have a picnic on the sands of One Ali‘i Beach Park.

Head north to take a farm tour at Coffees of Hawaii then drive to Pala‘au State Park to get a scenic view of Kalaupapa Peninsula.

On your flight back to Maui, don’t forget to look for humpback whales in the waters if you’re traveling during the winter months.

For more information on what to see and do on Molokai, visit the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website.

Molokai Musts for First-Time Visitors

— Visit the haunting Kalaupapa National Historic Park via mule train
— Buy warm Molokai sweet bread from Kanemitsu Bakery
— Enjoy Friday-night cocktails and entertainment at Hotel Moloka‘i
— Drive to the end of the road at the Halawa Valley
— Take the perfect sunset photograph through a silhouetted Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove
— Post-a-Nut from the Kaunakakai Post Office
— Watch sunset at Papohaku Beach, where it’s practically devoid of footsteps

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Ideas for Repeat Visitors to Molokai

— Take a once-monthly hike into the Kamaklou Preserve or the Mo‘omomi sand dunes with The Nature Conservancy
— Fly a kite from the Big Wind Kite Factory
— Learn more than you need to know about macadamia nuts from Purdy
— Kayak around the sea cliffs in summer (for experienced paddlers only)
— Time your visit with the annual Hula Piko Festival in May or June

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