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What is There to do on Molokai?


You don’t hear much about Molokai when you hear about Hawaii. It’s certainly not as big or touristy as its bigger cousins Oahu, Big Island, Kauai and Maui. However, if you’re not into big crowds and you really want a place to truly relax away from it all, there’s no better place than Molokai.

For views as far as the eye can see with unspoiled natural landscapes and pristine beaches, Molokai is truly a paradise. You won’t find a single stop light or high-rise office building here. As Hawaii’s fifth largest island, Molokai stretches 38 miles long and 10 miles wide. The varied landscape features craggy sea cliffs hugging the northeast coast with an impressive 28-mile reef on the southern coast.

If you’re into outdoor adventure, you’re in for a treat here. You can hike, bike or four-wheel drive it for the ultimate in outdoor fun. Take a hike along the 1,700 foot cliffs that bring you to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, or get some sun Papohaku Beach for a beautiful sight of white sand. Most people on Molokai are Native Hawaiians who have been here for most of their lives.

Check out these things to do on Molokai.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Ever ride a mule? Well, now’s your chance. This three-mile trail will take you to Kalaupapa Peninsula where you’ll meander along cliffs perched over the Pacific. The cliffs descend 1,700 feet and all the while you can view Molokai’s North Shore Pali to the east. Fun fact: these cliffs are the tallest on the planet, with measurements between 3,600 and 3,900 feet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This trail will take you about an hour and a half to complete, where you’ll end up in the quaint town of Kalaupapa. This remote community is so peaceful you may not want to leave.

Papohaku Beach

Also referred to as Three Mile Beach for obvious reasons, you will love to bury your toes in this white sand beach situated at Molokai’s west end. This happens to be one of Hawaii’s biggest white sand beaches, spanning 100 yards wide. This means there’s lots of room to relax, with none of the overcrowding you’ll find on the bigger islands. There are campsites, indoor and outdoor showers, picnic areas and bathrooms so you can easily spend the entire day here. Bring a lunch and enjoy the sun. The view of Oahu off in the distance is killer. Be careful before going in the water and always check the signs posting dangerous shore breaks.

Halawa Valley

On the east side of Molokai lies the magnificent Halawa Valley, where ancient Polynesians settled in 650 AD. At a half a mile wide and up to four miles deep, you’ll be treated to glorious vistas and impressive waterfalls as part of the island’s most historic area. If you hike two miles up the trail, you’ll come to the double-tiered Mooula Falls that descends 250 feet.

It takes a while to get to Halawa Valley, about an hour and a half from the Molokai Airport, but the journey is half the fun. You’ll see Hawaiian Fishponds, Kumimi Beach, Kaluaaha Church and Halawa Bay.

The sights on Molokai are not to be missed. For more impressive sights, come to Oahu while on your Hawaiian vacation and look to Hoku Hawaii Tours to show you around. We have some pretty impressive waterfalls too!