Have you ever ridden a mule 3 miles down a sheer cliff of over 1,600 feet with 26 switchbacks to historic Kalaupapa? Dived the only barrier reef in Hawaii? Been to a rain forest that has over 250 species of Hawaiian plants, at least 219 of which can be found nowhere else in the world? Perhaps been to whale watch where the densest population of Humpback whales is found during the winter months? If you answered no to the questions than you’ve never been to Molokai and you are missing some unforgettable experiences that can be found nowhere else on the planet.
Molokai, the “Friendly Island,” has a population of about 7,000 people, no traffic lights, the highest sea cliffs in the world, the place where hula was given to the people of Hawaii and home to the rustic town of Kaunakakai, an eclectic collection of quaint shops and small restaurants. It does not have glitter and glitz, traffic jams, discos, gourmet restaurants on every corner, or hundreds of thousands of people crowding the beaches. It does have peace and quiet and is one of the last places in Hawaii where it is easy to not only imagine, but to live the old Hawaiian ways.
It also has beauty that almost takes ones breath away. Halawa Valley, once the center of population is home to two beautiful waterfalls, Moaula and Hipuapua Falls as well as the largest ancient heiau (sacrificial temple) in the state. Papohaku on the west end of the island is the longest white sand beach in the Hawaiian islands, stretching nearly three miles and a beautiful spot to sun, swim or just explore. But perhaps Molokai’s greatest treasures are the residents whose warm smiles welcome you to their island and whose presence makes being there an experience to remember.
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