You’ll love Molokai if you’re the type of person who prefers their towns have no stoplights.
You’ll love the island if you’re a traveler who’d rather hike one of Hawaii’s oldest recorded settlements, than lounge by the pool of a luxurious resort with all the comforts of home.
If beaches that don’t have any footprints are your type of place to stroll, then the empty beaches of western Molokai may be your new favorite spot. Here is a coast where it’s just you, the breeze, and the rhythmic crash of the surf, which breaks on sand that’s perfectly placed for watching the sunset each night.
If screen-door restaurants where you order at the counter are your type of culinary vibe, then you’ll love Molokai for casual favorites like Kualapuu Cookhouse.
Here is an island with fascinating history around every bend in the road, from the unique story of Kalaupapa, to festivals celebrating the birthplace of hula—located right here on Molokai.
Unlike some of the larger islands bustling with activities, an authentic “activity” here on Molokai could simply be “talking story.” Maybe it’s with the bartender slinging drinks at Hale Kealoha—the island’s only oceanfront restaurant and a place where musicians who play here each night know most of the patrons by name. Perhaps it’s chatting with the woman working the window at Kanemitsu Bakery, while you wait for your fragrant loaf of hot bread on hidden “Hot Bread Lane.”
There are traditional activities, including diving, deep sea fishing, and in winter, whale watching. But don’t be surprised if you stroll down the dock of Kaunakakai Harbor and find the boat feels more like a private charter with few guests.
Sure, there isn’t an oceanfront luau, or zipline, but if what you’re seeking is a relaxed and traditional Hawaiian experience, then Molokai might be the island you’ll find that suits you the most.