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Molokai is known as a quiet retreat with a beautiful landscape and the idyllic sands that were found throughout all of Hawaii at the turn of the century. Molokai is a magical island: from the West end with open sky and limitless vistas, to the North end with 3,600 ft sea cliffs, or the East with pristine beaches and miles of barrier reef and finally the South, where the small town of Kaunakakai lies. Kaunakakai doesn't even have one stoplight but offers plenty of small gift shops, restaurants, bakery, coffee shops, and grocery stores where you can regularly get fresh blocks of sushi grade Ahi tuna. Molokai is more rural, more natural and less crowded than the other Hawaiian Islands. It is generally quiet and relaxed, very much Hawaii as it was a generation ago.
What is there to do on Molokai?
Plenty! Molokai, like Kauai, is for the outdoor spirited. Snorkel along the longest stretch of pristine reef in the United States, experience sea turtles, ancient fish ponds and other marine life. Kayak along the reef or the backside of Molokai's north shore to experience the majesty of the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Go deep sea fishing! Hawaiian waters are some of the best in the world to experience this heart accelerating sport.
Enjoy whale watching during the season which runs from November to April, and revel in these majestic creatures as they breech with their young throughout the Molokai channel. Get out there on a mountain bike and explore Molokai's rain forest, cliff tops and shoreline.
To experience Molokai first hand, a good pair of hiking shoes is all you need. Don't miss the Pepe Opae Trail, a boardwalk across the fragile eco-system, along which you'll see rare, endemic species that have evolved here from the beginning of time. Also, enjoy surfing and windsurfing on the many surf breaks and consistent trade winds that surround Molokai. For golf, try the 9-hole Ironwoods course on a hilltop.
There are dozens of churches on Molokai, and a good library in Kaunakakai with weekly story-telling for kids. Wade in the tide pools, watch the sunset and sit by the beach under the stars. Enjoy the fun food experience at Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm. Jovial, story-filled Tuddie Purdy himself takes you into the orchard for you to see, smell and touch the clusters of nuts and crack open your own. Sample macadamia blossom honey scooped up with slices of fresh coconut.
Music and dance is a way of life for many on the islands. Molokai is the birthplace of Hula. For local Hawaiian music, rock, punk, and funk, go the Paddlers' Inn in Kaunakakai on weekend nights. Also, for traditional ukulele music, Hotel Molokai hosts a group of Kapunas from 4 to 6 on Fridays. The Saturday morning Farmers Market in Kaunakakai is delightful, for people watching, flowers, art, gifts and fresh local produce.
There is so much to do and experience on Molokai you might forget to relax!