The "Local Way" to spend 7 days in Molokai
Here are some recommendations on how to spend 7 amazing days in Moloka’i by experiencing what the island has to offer.
Molokai is often termed the most Hawaiian island; many of its people still live in a uniquely Island way. It’s not unusual to see small farms growing taro or sweet potato, or to see men throwing da net, or children gathering coconuts. Speaking of coconuts – Visit Hoolehua-the home of post-a-nut where you will find bins filled with coconuts which you can mail anywhere in the world.
When you come to Molokai you’ll find there’s plenty to do-and yet the island beckons you to relax, to nap or read a book. Most days you may be the only person at a beach. From December to May, observe majestic Pacific humpback whales from shore.
Day 1 (Friday)
Once you have made arraignments for transporation from the airport, head either to the town of Kaunakakai for groceries or to the property to get situated. Once you’re ready, head back down the hill to sleepy Kaunakakai for staples. The Friendly Market, true to it’s name, is a good place but its closed on Sundays. Take a stroll through town; just a block long with a potpourri of eateries and shops. Don’t forget to wave to everybody! You’re in the land of aloha!
It’s 4 o’clock Friday, (you need to be there long before the sunsets) pau hana (after work)-the lanai at Hotel Moloka´i (about 5 miles east of Kaunakakai on the main road) begins to fill for an impromptu ukulele jam session. It’s an eclectic mix of island residents, kupuna (elders), musicians and tourists. Around sunset everyone stands, grabs a neighbor’s hand and belts out aloha Oe, followed by “God Bless America”, added after 9-11. Great pupus and Mai Tais! The Festivities at Hotel Molokai on Friday nites is definitely worth the time –its 5 miles east of Kaunakakai on the beach. Very cool – this Friday event will give you an idea of Moloka’i way. When you get there, make dinner reservations for afterwards. There is a band that will play after the ceremony.
Day 2 (Saturday)
After breakfast, head to town for the “real local” Farmers market –starts at 9:AM. It’s nothing big, but shopping is entertaining… Slide from table to table filled with papayas and blue sweet potatoes, as well as vintage aloha shirts and local artists selling painting to handmade jewelry.
Then head to Kalapapa. This is the Old Lepor Colony. Also, near it is Falic Rock. (you’ll hike to it (20 minutes). At the end of Kala’e Road, take a cool walk through the ironwood trees to Kalaupapa Lookout, a breathtaking view of the peninsula Kamehameha V set aside as a Hansen’s disease settlement in 1865. You can reach Kalaupapa by by horseback tours down the cliffs an experience you’ll never forget. The stables are near the Falic Rock Park.
On the up or back, stop by the Molokai Coffee Plantation and tour the factory or take a mule wagon ride thru 500 acres of coffee trees and check out the processing plant. Sip the perfect gourmet cappuccino while touring the boutique for unique gifts. Free samples of the coffee blends and great shakes. Nice gift shop too. Saturday nights 6-8pm is a great jazz jam session there and they serve dinner.
Day 3 (Sunday)
East End – all day
This is the day I’d drive to the East side. All day trip, There are many stops along the way, shrimp farm, photo opps, famous historic points, churches, and best snorkeling on Island at mile marker 20 – that’s where I’d end up for a while. You’ll see some old Hawaiian Fishponds. Experience the finest examples of Molokai’s ancient aquaculture. Most were built 700-800 years ago.
Beyond the 20 mile marker point, the road turns to dirt but drive along the road to Halawa Valley to where it ends and you will see one of Hawaii’s true natural wonders-a half-mile wide and 3-4 miles deep, backed with cliffs. two towering waterfalls and a true blue lagoon. The scenery is worth the adventure. Bring your snokel stuff or rent them at the Kanakakai Fish and Dive shop. There are Hawiian slings in the garage if you are daring to spearfish. I would highly recommend scuba bootys!
Day 4 (Monday)
Kamakou Forest Preserve Hike (let us know prior to your arrival and we will coodinate a guided tour thru the forest to the look out point. Or for you more adventurous types, this is primetime for a boar hunting trip. Moderate to Intermediate hike on a boardwalk where you’ll see rare endemic species of Molokai’s flora and fauna, namely the red wili wili. This is breathtaking hike to the rainforest. Road is rough and the walking path gets narrow so hang on.
Return to the estate for a massage on the veranda overlooking your front yard – Papohaku Beach. I’d call Kyno @ Molokai Acupuncture and Massage 808-553-3930 and she’ll come out to the house. Known as one of the finest beaches in all Hawaii, three miles long and 100 yards wide. Grab a libation and witness a breathtaking sunset over Diamond Head.
Day 5 (Tuesday)
Sad to say but the Kaluakoi 18-hole golf resort is currently closed.. The views from the 3rd hole and 10th fairways are breathtaking.
Or, Surfing is really good in front of the old Kaluakoi Resort next to the golf course. Boards can be rented from Molokai Fish and Dive in town and make arraigements with us to have Maasi courier the boards or kayaks on down.
On your way into or back from town, turm head south onto the road across from the airport and head down to www.Kumufarms.com to check out the cool new store, featuring history on the farm, pick up a case of fresh papaya’s or fantasctic Pesto and meet the Sales and Marketing Director, Emanuela Vinciguerra – she can give you the tour and if you’re luck an intalian cooking lesson. She grows “da Kine” herbs there along with all the tropical fruits. Call them first to let her know you are coming: PO Box 223, Kualapuu, HI 96757-0223, (808) 567-6480 – in keeping with the Molokai way of living off the land, we enjoy promoting Agro Tourism on Island. Lunchtime – Pack a picnic and head to Dixie Maru for swimming and snorkeling. Named after a ship that ran aground in the 20’s, and is still there about 30 deep at the mouth of the bay, the Hawaiian name on most maps is Kapukahehu. It’s a very charming Hawaiian beach, with black volcanic rocks and kiawe trees (big thorns).
Or, mountain bikes are fun too – there are trails of various levels – but all with great views! Let us know prior to your arrival and we will help make arraigments. Oh, and you gotta go check out the whimsical Big Wind Kite Factory up in Maunaloa, just right of the Kaluakoi Resort road entrance.. .
Day 6 (Wednesday
Fish and/or dive with one of the local guys. Alyce C. Sportfishing Charters -“Captain Joe” Phone (808) 558-8377 or Fun Hogs Sport Fishing Captain Mike 808.567.6789 – both great guys and know where the fish are. Molokai has one of the world’s largest coral reefs so they can take you diving off shore too.
Day 7 (Thursday)
After all this, you need one day to relax and “talk story”. Make sure you paint a coconut and leave it on the table in the dining room. For Dinner, head to the Cook House in Holehua for unbelievable prime rib and Uncle Benny’s local jam session. I time you’ll never forget. Gotta get there early, bring your own wine, and sit out on the patio and enjoy. The Cook House is a couple doors down from the Coffee Plantation. Don’t be alarmed if it looks like your eating in someones backyard, cause you are. During the months of November thru March, gray whales will breach right off the shore at the house. They are literally a few yards away from the back lanai.
Day 8 (Friday)