Moloka'i, HI
By Christine M. Soltis

Wonderful weather all year round, sandy beaches, coconut postcards and whale watching are just a few reasons to visit Moloka’i, Hawaii.  This spectacular island is the fifth largest in the Hawaiian archipelago.  Created long ago when two large volcanoes pushed together through the Pacific Ocean, Maunaloa formed in the west and Kamakou to the east.  Thereafter, a third, Kauhako, rose up, forming the Makanalua Peninsula to complete the beautiful island that exists today. would like to help you plan your trip to Moloka’i, Hawaii.  Search a flight to Moloka’i Airport (MKK) here: ( While there, seek hotel accommodations from right here: (

Enjoy the temperate weather with a trek through Kaunakakai, which is the main town in Moloka’i.  While there, recommends you stop a half mile west at the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove.  Enjoy the impressive view of hundreds of coconuts growing in the grove at one of the few remaining in Hawaii.  Since you’re already there, visit next the Kaunakakai Wharf to watch the shipping boats, enjoy the sunset or take a walk or jog.  This location is also the connection point for the Moloka’i-Maui ferry.  Next, recommends a visit to the Moloka’i Plumeria Orchard to see these beautiful and aromatic flowers blossom in their glory.  Travel then to downtown Kaunakakai and be sure stop by the Moloka’i War Memorial to see Hawaiian and American flags flit across the sky.  Take a moment to salute the engraved names upon their touching marble monument.

Peruse the town of Kalae afterwards, which will lead you to the village of Kualapuu.  Here, you will find their only coffee plantation, as well as famous macadamia nuts. recommends a stop at the Ho’olehua Post Office to engage in the Moloka’i tradition of sending home a coconut postcard.  Impress the people you love with this Hawaiian gift.  Afterwards, if you have golfing on your mind, stop at the Ironwood Hills Golf Course near Kalae, which also features expansive views of Moloka’i.

Another area to visit is Kalaupapa, a spectacular spot in Hawaii. then recommends Kalaupapa Lookout, where the view from the Makanalua Peninsula reaches thousands of feet above, giving a heavenly sight of the area.  You will be able to see a small settlement in Kalaupapa where leprosy sufferers were cast out and then treated by Father Damien.  This area is now considered a national historical monument, designated this by the United States Park Service. 

If you’re in the mood for a hike, then head to the Kamakou Preserve.  Found within the rainforest and near the highest mountain summit in Moloka’i, you will find hundreds of plant species, many of which are unique to the area.  For any other types of tours you would like to take, recommends that you check into snorkeling adventures, an air born escapade, ocean exploration, scuba diving and more.

Humpback whales can be observed from ashore in the months of December through April, when they find their way to Moloka’i from Alaska.  The whales can be seen from just about anywhere, or through another tour, but a trip to the beach might also be worth your while.  One of the beaches that recommends from the west side is the Dixie Maru Beach (Kapukahehu Beach), which is one of the safer ones for swimming.  Kephui Beach is known as a favorite surfing spot for most, but be careful of the tides during winter surf season.  As with any beaches, make sure to check and heed all warnings. recommends three central beaches, which are typically safe for swimming: Ali’I Beach Park, Kakahai’a Beach Park and Kamalo Wharf site.  For east end beaches, visit Puko’o Beach for relatively safe swimming or Murphy Beach (Kumimi Beach) for golden sands and snorkeling.

When it comes to dinner, have a fantastic feast at an oceanside restaurant.  Or stop into a mom and pop restaurant for a fast meal.  Pick up a pizza or other take-out food.  For your night out, stay at the restaurant and enjoy the surf.  Or, find a local club or pub for a relaxing evening.

Go to Moloka’i, Hawaii; prepare to immerse yourself in a realistic, fantasy paradise.


  • 1. Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  • 2. Dixie Maru Beach
  • 3. Moloka'i Museum & Cultural Center
  • 4. Kamakou Preserve
  • 5. Halawa Valley
  • 6. Papohaku Beach County Park
  • 7. Moloka'i Harbor
  • 8. Kepuhi Beach
  • 9. Pali Coast
  • 10. Moloka'i Mule Ride


  • 1. Ka Moloka'i Makahiki Festival - January
  • 2. Prince Kuhio Celebration - March
  • 3. Uke Ohana - May
  • 4. Moloka'i to Oahu Paddleboat Race - July
  • 5. Maui to Moloka'i Canoe Race - September
  • 6. Na Wahine O Ke Kai - September
  • 7. Festivals of Aloha - October
  • 8. Moloka'i Hoe Canoe Race - October
  • 9. Food & Business Expo - November
  • 10. Christmas Light Parade & Ho'olaule'a - December