Thoughts of the Hawaiian Islands evoke images of the big five that include O‘ahu, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, and the big kahuna itself, the Island of Hawai‘i. The Pacific archipelago, however, actually encompasses over 100 islands and islets. Among the larger islands is Molokai, the Friendly Isle.
Things to do in Moloka'i
Molokai’s pristine tropical vistas and rich culture make it particularly beloved by eco-travellers and those interested in sustainable tourism. A prime highlight is the Molokai Ka Hula Piko, a springtime festival held each year to celebrate the grand tradition of hula dance, that is believed to have originated on this very island.
Nature lovers should head to Papohaku Beach Park, where they can enjoy barbecue facilities, picnic tables, campsites and the alluring Pacific Ocean. If you’re up for a challenge, take on the highest mountain on the island, Kamakou, which features verdant rainforest and panoramic ocean vistas.
You’ll discover a wealth of cascading waterfalls on Molokai, from the towering Oloʻupena Falls to the Pu'uka'oku Falls, both of which are in the world’s top 10 highest waterfalls. Horse riding, hiking and epic sea views are everyday life at Pala'au State Park, which also has wooded trails and peaceful camping grounds.
Molokai’s township boasts a welcoming vibe that extends from its coffee shops to its farms and reservoirs. Grab a cup of fresh coffee at Coffees of Hawaii, where you can also tour the working coffee plantation. The nearby Kualapuu Cookhouse is perfect for casual dining in a cosy atmosphere.
Getting around Moloka'i
Molokai is a more remote than other Hawaiian islands, with no international airport. There are, however, multiple flights a day that depart from Honolulu, as well as a ferry service from Maui. The island’s top sights are fairly spread out, so visitors may wish to rent a car and get around by driving.