The name of Molokai may be one which you have never heard of before. This is the most untamed and undeveloped of the Hawaiian Islands and as such attracts a certain type of visitor. There is a wildness in the spirit of this place – something which the tourist just cannot put their finger on but which ties part of you to the place.
Visiting Molokai is akin to stepping back in time. The place and the people remain steeped in tradition for the most part. Coming here is like arriving at a secret place, one which has been protected from development and from the trappings of modern life. Molokai is almost like a little world all of its own. The buildings here are all very low rise, in fact none are any higher than the coconuts trees which adorn the island.
There is no traffic here which adds to the other worldly feel of the place. Everything just takes on a more relaxed pace of life. It is here that the hula was said to have been born and there are often local displays which are colourful and fun.
Due to the untamed and wilderness aspect of the island, it is very popular with walkers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing in various forms is extremely popular here as is nature watching.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai
This is an incredible, awe inspiring and some say spiritual place. Imagine riding a mule along the top of sheer cliffs whilst taking in some beautiful views of the Pacific. From here you will be able to see the highest sea cliffs in the world!
Keep going on this route, taking in the views and you eventually reach the remote and scenic town of Kalaupapa and its namesake the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. It is here you can visit the grave of St. Damien at St. Philomena Church.
The Kalaupapa Peninsula is an incredible place of breathtaking beauty and is only accessible via a small plane, hiking group or by mule.
Getting to Molokai and Staying There
There are a few ways to reach the island. You can take a short local flight from Oahu or Maui. You can also take the daily ferry from Maui which takes around 90 minutes.
An aspect of Molokai which visitors love and flock there for, is that there are no real major resorts there and that hotels and B&B’s are peppered throughout the island. Try Molokai, it’s a little piece of heaven on earth.