In some ways, waking to the sound of falling raindrops is relaxing, peaceful, and romantic. In others, however, the sound can be somewhat disappointing if you have activities planned, such as hiking to Halawa, touring Kalaupapa, or spending a day at the beach. The climate on Molokai is wettest in winter, with the east end of the island receiving more rain than the arid western coast, and sometimes activities are canceled entirely if the rain is simply too strong. If you happen to wake to the rhythmic patter of raindrops falling on your roof, and the day’s plans are washed away by water falling from the sky, these rainy day activities on Molokai can help to save the day.
If you’ve been putting off buying souvenirs, shopping is a way to spend a few hours when the skies are misty and gray. Kaunakakai has a collection of shops on Ala Malama Avenue, where you’ll find galleries like Art From the Heart which features the work of over 130 artists who call Molokai home. Just next door is Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions, where in addition to Molokai-made souvenirs, you can sit and talk with the friendly staff who love to share Molokai’s stories. At the Holomua Junction, between Kaunakakai and the airport, Beach Break is the spot to pick up everything for when the sun pokes back through the clouds, and way out west in Maunaloa town is Big Wind Kite Factory with an eclectic collection of global souvenirs and kites.
For a unique and classic Molokai experience, flip on the wipers and make the drive to the Ho’olehua “Post a Nut”—an unlikely outpost in the middle of nowhere with the island’s strangest souvenir. Here, you can pick through the set of colorful sharpies and decorate your very own coconut, which can then legally be sent through the mail to nearly every place in the world. Believe it or not, coconuts from here in Ho’olehua have made their way around the world from Kazakhstan to Kathmandu! Or, for an informative look at Molokai’s past, the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center is open 10am-2pm, Monday-Saturday, and also features the leftover remnants of the R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill.
If you need to warm up with a steaming hot drink, the wooden porch at Coffees of Hawaii is a favorite Molokai gathering place, where you can either purchase bags of coffee and shop in the adjoining store, or sit and “talk story” with island locals as the rain continues to fall. Tuesday mornings from 10:30am-Noon are the weekly kanikapila jam sessions, where the local community gathers to sing, dance hula, and play ukulele. In afternoons you can grab a draught beer from the bar at Paddler’s Inn, where you can occasionally find some live entertainment and sports playing on the TV. The popular Hotel Molokai bar is another great place to socialize, with the adjoining Hale Kealoha restaurant having some of the island’s best food.
Finally, if you really want to simply unwind and relax on a rainy day, book a lomilomi massage at Molokai Acupuncture and Massage. The center is located right downtown, and offers a rainy day activity on Molokai where you just might be glad a gentle rain is steadily continuing to fall.