You won’t find a traffic light in Kaunakakai, or for that matter anywhere on Moloka‘i. But don’t expect to get through the island’s main town quickly. Chances are someone inching along Ala Malama Avenue, the town’s main street, will stop to talk to a neighbor. Or to let a dog cross. Of look for a parking place at Kamoi Snack & Go to pick up some Dave’s Hawaiian ice cream. This is Moloka‘i.
If you’re staying at one of the island’s condos, you will want to stop here for groceries at Friendly Market Center or Outpost Natural Foods. And, of course, get bread at Kanemitsu Bakery & Coffee Shop. Except for the Saturday farmer’s market and a small store on the East End, this is it for food. The people at Friendly live up to their name.
If you have any activities in mind, book them at Molokai Fish & Dive in town. They have access to almost any activity on the island, and if they don’t they will tell you how to arrange it. And, don’t plan on driving back and forth on Moloka‘i without gassing up at Rawlins Chevron Service. They’re friendly, and they’ll check your tires or even wash your windshield without your asking. The big grove of palm trees near the wharf was planted by King Kamehameha V. The foundations of his vacation home are nearby.
It’s fun just to hang around here, at Kanemitsu Bakery or at Friendly Market, to pick up some of the local gossip. It may be quiet, but that’s why some visitors love this “last Hawaiian place.”