Attractions

GOLF
Ironwood Hills Golf Course: Located mid-island up in the tree line, this is an executive course 9 holes only – used by the Libby Pineapple employees in days gone by.
ph: 567 6000 If no one is at the clubhouse (trailer) to take your money just leave it where directed and tee off.

BIKING
Bikes can be rented in downtown Kaunakakai at Molokai Bicycle 553-3931. Philip will be able to direct you to the best routes to take. But remember, when biking or hiking, be careful of straying onto private property especially near the East end of the island – if you see a sign to keep out – obey.

HIKING
Halawa Valley on the extreme East end are beautiful – green cliffs, beaches, waterfalls etc. but you need to get permission and possibly a tour guide – it is private property. Call: Philipo and Kalani at 808-551-5538 or 808-551-1055. Email:slydahsurf@gmail.com

Kalaupapa – a visit to Father Damian’s historic leper colony can be made by mule, by foot or by plane – visitors must arrange to be met by a guide before you embark. NOTE: Mule ride and hiking trail was recently damaged by a landslide and is currently unavailable. It is about a 1500 foot almost vertical descent with a switch back trail down a pretty sheer cliff – spectacular. Call: Molokai Outdoors (553 4477) or Molokai Fish & Dive (553-5926) to make reservations 553 4477.

Top of Molokai – Hike to the top of Molokai, trailhead is across from Alii Beach Park – 3 miles East of Kaunakakai or take a 4-wheel drive road just past town going West. Look for signs that say Homelani Cemetery. This is only available by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Nature Conservancy maintains the Kamakou Forest Preserve where most of the plants are endemic to Molokai. Call Nature Conservancy at 808-553-5236 for info.

Cultural Hikes – Molokai Fish and Dive offers a number of cultural hikes. These are guided hikes taking you to historical places on Molokai including Kalaupapa, Halawa Valley, Moalua Falls, Na’iwa Sea Cliffs and other sacred Hawaiian monuments and sites. Call: 808-553-5926.

BEACHES
Generally the swimming is relatively safe in the summer but you should check conditions at each beach especially on the west end, if the waves are big there is a good possibility of an undertow.

Papohaku Beach – the longest beach in Hawaii. This is a beautiful beach and has very few people on it at any one time. In the summertime, it is generally OK to swim but be careful of the undertow if the trades are coming from the south currents can change quickly.

Kapukahehu / Dixie Maru Beach (named after a Japanese ship) is a good beach for snorkeling and swimming – it is protected by a bar so it should be quite safe in the summer. Cattle from the Ranch has caused runoff to the ocean which could make it a red color, stick to the side trails to get to the sand if the stream is flowing. Amazing sunset, calm and quiet beach for those looking to enjoy a beach to themselves or simply read a book.

Kaupoa Beach – located just south of Dixi Maru Beach via a hiking trail heading south – two white sand beaches with good swimming in summer only.

Mile Post 20 –a good snorkeling beach to see fish and turtles. It is located 20 miles East of Kaunakakai on Hwy 450 at mile post 20 (even though it is the same road Hwy 460, it changes to Hwy 450 past Kaunakakai going east. Don’t ask why.)

Puko’o Beach – located at the 16 mile marker East of Kaunakakai is another protected beach on Molokai’s East end. Great for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking out to the barrier reef. Neighborhood store is just right there for snacks and take out lunch.

Kepuhi Bay – this beach is located just west of the golf course. Swimming in the summer time is generally OK depending on the wind conditions but there are safer beaches for swimming. Surfing here is for experts only.

Lono Harbor – This is a small harbor on the southwest end of the island where it is possible to fish or great spot to camp. Go up to Maunaloa and take the first right turn to the south. The road will turn to a dirt road that you will continue on for about 6 or 7 miles south from Maunaloa Town.

Kawakiu Beach – this is a very nice secluded beach north of the Kaluakoi Resort. It is about a 45 min. to 1 hour hike – can’t drive to it because the roads are bad. To get there take Kaka’ako Gulch Rd (just north of the turn off to Ke Nani Kai Resort & Kaluakoi Golf Course) follow this asphalt road until the end at the 13th hole – keep going straight through and follow the dirt road (sometimes it is a stretch to call it a road) keep bearing toward the ocean up and down a ravine until you happen upon it. It is worth the hike. If you cross over the beach you will see a path that continues along the cliff that takes you out to Ilio point.

FISHING/SNORKELING/WHALE WATCHING/KAYAKING/STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
You can fish for reef fish off the rocks of many of the above beaches however, I would leave this sport to the locals. Your best bet for fishing is to charter a fishing boat at the wharf in Kaunakakai. You and 4 to 5 other people can charter a boat for 4, 6 or 8 hours and be pretty sure of catching some fish. If fishing isn’t your thing, these same charters could take you to some beautiful spots for snorkeling or just looking for whales.

Contact Fun Hogs Sport Fishing on the web or call captain Mike, 336-0047 (he is a good skipper and has a very nice boat. Feel free to call him to see if he has any fresh fish for sale) or Molokai Fish and Dive 553-5926 can also find an excellent fishing charter for you.

Hallelujah Hou Fishing – Ono, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi, you name it we catch it. Specializing in light tackle guided fishing, bottom fishing (suggested – as its always a winner for catching), and fly fishing the flats for bones. Dec – March whale watching is also available. 336-1870.   Video 1   Video 2

Idylwilde Hawaii – Fly fishing for O’io (Bonefish) on Molokai’s south shore reef.

Molokai Action Adventures Highly recommend calling Walter Naki at 808-558-8184 to see the tallest sea cliffs in the world. You will not regret this trip.

Molokai Fish and Dive takes people snorkeling and diving off Molokai’s 28 miles of barrier reef. Call 808-553-5926.

Sport Fishing with Captain Joe Reich Fish for Ahi, Mahimahi, Ono, Ulua, Kawakawa, and Pacific Blue Marlin. 808-558-8377

Molokai Outdoors Activities offers kayaking and stand up paddle boarding tours along with rental of all types of ocean equipment including kayaks equipped for fishing. 877-553-4477

WINE and SPIRITS
All grocery stores sell beer, wine and hard liquor but the Wine and Spirits store on the north side of the main drag in Kaunakakai has the best selection. Although the small markets do carry wine and beer and some liquors. 

DINING OUT
At last visit, there were really only two restaurants in Molokai where you can sit down, order a drink and have dinner or lunch. They are;

Hotel Molokai Restaurant: Hiro’s Ohana Grill Located a few miles East of Kaunakakai on Hwy. 460 (the only highway going east) this is basically an open air restaurant right on the beach with great views of Lana’i. Food is great and service is Hawaiian style great. 553-5437 or (808) 660-3400. Open M-F 11am-9pm. Hours differ Sat-Sun.

Paddler’s Inn: Located in the Kaunakakai town just off the main highway 450. They have a wide variety of food with lots of local pictures on the walls of Molokai paddlers. A must to go see the Kupuna’s on Friday nights from 4 6PM. Bands and music through out the week. Open Monday- Saturday serving lunch and dinners


Other Food Options

Kaunakakai Town

Take a Lunch Break at these great local spots right in town. Feeling ambitious, try A Taste of Molokai’s Taco Poke. Want something to take on the drive to West End, order a lunch plate from Maka’s Korner or walk into Big Daddy’s for some authentic Filipino food.

  • Kanemitsu Bakery: Known for Molokai’s Sweet bread, open every day except Tuesday. Check out the hot bread run at night, except for Monday. Go around back at 8:30pm and get hot jelly cream cheese bread or “the works”.
  • Molokai Pizza Cafe: in Kaunakakai, Great pizzas, fresh fish and prime rib dinners order out at 553-3288 or dine in. Cash only.
  • Rawlins Chevron Station: at the corner of Hwy. 460 and the main intersection to Kaunakakai you can get hamburgers, manapua, spam musubi, tv sets, sometimes fresh caught fish and gasoline.
  • Sundown Deli: located in Kaunakakai town. Makes great sandwiches for on the go. 9am – 2:30pm M-F. 145 puali place. call (808) 553-3713. Cash/Card. Take out/Delivery.
  • Maka’s Corner: located in Kaunakakai town. Makes great Burgers, plate lunches and Saimin. Cash/Card. Take out or Sit in.
  • Big Daddy’s: In Kaunakakai, across from Misaki. Authentic Filipino food. Cash Only. 8am – 5pm Mon-Sunday. Take out or Sit in. No AC so it can get a little hot in there. Try their crispy roast pork and chicken katsu plate.
  • Kamoi Snack-N-Go – Stop by Moloka’i’s ice cream shop on a town day. Relax and enjoy the AC and Wifi. Choose from a variety of ice cream and ICEE flavors. Check their daily specials. Hours: Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-9pm Sat 9am-9pm call808-553-3742
  • A Taste of Moloka’i: Poke and Acai bowl food truck right in the middle of KK town. Check what their specials are for the day. Cash or Credit, Take out or sit down. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm Sat. 8:30-2:30pm Closed Sunday. Call or text to order: 808-658-1726. Insta @ a.tatse.of.molokai
  • Ono Fish and Shrimp: Hours: 10:30am – 2pm Mon-Fri. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • LunchBox: Grab and Go Soups, Sandwhiches, lunch plates and more. Mon-Fri 10:30-4pm Ph:808-553-4407
  • Hula Bean Cafe – Everyone needs Coffee… or maybe a breakfast sandwich. Located between A taste of Moloka’i and Moloka’i Mini Mart. M-Sat 6am-5pm. Sunday 8am-5pm. (808) 553-5183

Maunaloa Town

  • Maunaloa General Store: The only Market in Maunaloa town. Has basic groceries, wine and beers. 552-2346. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Closed Sunday

Kualapuu Town

  • Kualapuu Cookhouse: Located in Kualapuu. Great food, good portions, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Nightly entertainment on Thursdays. You may bring your own liquor and they will serve you. Call 567 9655. Cash only.
  • Coffees of Hawaii: Molokai’s locally owned and operated coffee plantation. Live Jazz entertainment on Saturday evenings. The menu is growing daily. 567-9023

East end

  • Manae Goods n Grinds: located 16 miles east of town in Puko’o. Take out breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Fri 6:30am-5:30pm Sat-Sun 8am-4:30pm. 808-558-8498

SHOPPING
Here is where Molokai is unique to all the other islands – it is almost impossible to spend money on anything you would like to take home as a souvenir. These stores are geared for the residents of Molokai and not the tourists, therefore most items for sale are for useful purposes (amazing, isn’t it). So if you don’t need a Hawaiian Sling, a crescent wrench or an ice chest, you may be disappointed. However there are some very interesting stores in Kaunakakai and they deserve a walkthrough if for no other reason than to experience what life is like without the presence of modern day chain stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot.

Saturday Market – Saturday mornings in town in front of Bank of Hawaii and American Savings Bank in Kaunakakai. You can find tons of fresh produce along with souvenirs, special gift items, and Moloka’i made items. Features top local clothing brands like Kainenea Designs, Lanakila Designs, and Hawaii’s Finest where you can find sportswear, swimwear, blankets, bikinis, jackets, backpacks and much more.

Sustainable Molokai: Your one-stop shop for buying and selling Molokai-grown and produced foods. Every week we post fresh, locally-grown produce, poi, grass-fed beef, shrimp, and other products made right here on Molokai. Our Molokai-based growers and producers name their price and post their product availability. Customers make their selections through our easy-to-use online sales platform. Pick up Thursday in town or west end. In town location there folks serving lunch that day. 

Something For Everybody: Features all things Molokai. Connects Molokai visitors with the island offering Coordination needs. A custom design Stich-N-Pitch shop complete with clothes, hats, accessories, decor and more featuring all things MOLOKAI MADE. Owners Wailani Tanaka and David Mireles. Ph: 808-553-3299 or 808-658-0509. Email: wailanitanaka@gmail.com Hours: Mon-Fri/10am – 5pm and Sat/9am-1pm. Insta @ allthingsmolokai #nameamolokai

Art From The Heart Gallery – handcrafted treasure from Molokai Residents. Across Fish and Dive on Ala Malama. Phone: 808-553-8018

Imports Gift Store – On Ala Malama in Kaunakakai next to Friendly market. Clothing, footwear, gifts, souvenirs, books, Hawaiian quilts and more. Check out their informational page: Phone: 808.553.5734. Web. molokaiimports.com

Beach Break Surf Shop: Great place to fill up your gift baskets for friends back home. They’ve got local art, wood carvings and jewelry, surfboards, ukuleles, fins, masks, t-shirts and aloha shirts. Located at the intersection of Kam V Hwy and Hwy 470 (Kalae Hwy), Blue Monkey – 808 567 6776 Open 10:00 – 5:00 Mon-Sat.

Big Wind Kite Factory – located in Maunaloa town. Make your own kites. Items from Bali and other exotic places. Call 808-552-2364. Open 8:30 – 5:00 Mon – Sat 10:00 – 2:00 Sun.

Hotel Molokai Local Store – Located in the lobby of Hotel Molokai. Lots of great items if you need to bring back something. Books, Jewelry, island lotions and perfumes, T-shirts and much more. 877-553-5347. guestservices@hotelmolokai.com

Pacifica Hawaii – Molokai made Hawaiian Sea salts for cooking and bathing. Innovative Sea Salt Products by Nancy Gove. Call: 808-553-8484. Web: Pacificahawaiisalt.com

Kainanea Designs: Custom and Team orders. Alohawear and Activewear made with Hawaiian hands on Hawaiian lands. Moloka’i made leggings that’ll have you going from yoga, to the track, ocean, sand and back. Call or Text: 808-646-0455. Email: kainaneadesigns@gmail.com Merchedise can be found at Something for Everybody and Art from the Heart. Can’t find the pattern in stock, order online through their website at Kainanea.com

General Stores:

Misaki’s – Great variety of produce and common necessities.One of two main grocery stores. Open: 8:30am – 8:30pm. M-Sat. Sunday 9am-12pm. Cash or Card.

Ace Hardware Store – Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Sat 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Closed on Sunday (808) 553-5350

Take’s Variety Store – paints, kitchenware, sporting goods, plumbing, electrical items and much more. (808) 553-8373. Closed on Saturdays.

Molokai Mini Mart: Late night convenience store with snacks, alcohol and essentials (toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc). 7am-11pm M-Sat. 8am-11pm on Sunday. (808) 553-4447. ATM inside. Next to Maka’s Korner and Hula Bean Cafe.

Friendly Market Center: The other main store on island, also located in town and near everything mentioned above. Fresh produce, and common necessities. 8am-8pm M-F. 8am-6:30pm on Saturday and Closed on Sunday. 

Kualapu’u Market: 311 Farrington Hwy. Office: 808.567.6243 Cashier: 808.567.6223 Mon- Sat 8:30am – 6:00pm Closed Sunday

THINGS TO DO / POINTS OF INTEREST

Purdy’s Macadamia Nut Farm in Kaulapuu hours: Tue-Sat 10am-2pm ph: 567-6601

Molokai Museum – RW Meyer Sugar Mill. 1795 Kalae Hwy. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm Closed Sunday Call: 808-567-6436

Molokai Plumeria Farm: Flower with Aloha! Visit the plumeria farm and make your own leis. Call first 808-553-3391

Kalaupapa Peninsula: a visit to Father Damian’s historic leper colony can be made by mule, by foot or by plane – It is about a 1500 foot vertical descent with a steep switchback trail down a pretty sheer cliff spectacular but not for the faint of heart. I have heard that the mule ride is a bit scary because these critters like to hug the edge but so far no one has been lost (to my knowledge. Visitors must arrange to be met by a guide before you embark. Call: Molokai Outdoors (553 4477) or Molokai Fish and dive (553 5926) to make reservations.

Kalaupapa Lookout: for those who want to see Kalaupapa Peninsula without hiking down the 1500 ft cliff – it is a spectacular view. Don’t miss the Phallic Rock nearby – from the pre-Viagra age. Follow Hwy 470 north until the end at a parking lot – follow the signs or the trails.

Molokai Coffee Plantation North on Hwy 470 located on the left in Kualapu’u. Have a tour of the plantation and a cup of local “Joe” afterwards on the verandah. On Tuesday mornings come see the Kapuna’s play and dance Hula.

North shore cliffs: see the highest sea cliffs in the world by boat – contact Walter Naki at: 808-558-8184

Wa’akapaemua Canoe Club: Experience an outrigger canoe tour every Thursday morning. Meet at 7:15 at the canoe shack in town. You can email avemafth@gmail.com or call 808 553-8018 for details. See the turtles and other ocean life.

Day Trip to Maui If things get too quiet here you can head to Maui for a day trip to remind you why you came to Molokai in the first place. We can book you on Mokulele for the day. (808) 553-8334

Molokai Outdoors: Offering a variety of tours and equipment rentals such as kayaks, bikes, camping equipment, etc. Phone: 553 4477.

Post-A-Nut: Give a loved one something special with this unique gift. Enjoy decorating it yourself at Hoolehua Post Office and mail it back to yourself or to a friend! M-F 8:30-12pm 12:30-4pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Would recommend doing it on the early part of your trip as it takes some time to travel. 808-567-6144

Kumu Farms: Farm fresh hawaiian produce.Organic and conventional fruits and vegetables. Tue-Fri 9am-4pm (To learn more email kumufarmsoffice@gmail.com or call (808)-280-3262 or (808) 351-3326

Moloka’i Flowers: Halawa Tropical Flower Farm. Visit their farm, try Kalani’s smoothies, order flowers for a friend or go on a waterfall tour. You can also reach them by email at kuleanaworkcenter@yahoo.com

Haunani’s Flowers: Professional Florist. Store with flowers and balloons for all occasions.  Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am-1pm, Closed Sunday. 201 Ala Malama Ave # 110.  (808) 553-9019

Moani’s Florist: Fresh flowers in Kaunakakai. A wide selection of flower arrangements. M-F 8-5pm. Call 808-553-3356.

Lanakila Designs: Need a custom ordered print? Call 808-336-1696 or email lanakiladesigns@gmail.com. Located above American Savings Bank. Merchandise can be found at Something for Everybody.

Looking for Yoga?

  • Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12-1 PM at Molokai Community Health Center in Behind by the Banyon Tree. Also available, Molokai Acupuncture and Massage. Located in Kaunakakai above American Savings Bank. Offers Acupuncture, healing, massages, and yoga classes. By appointment only. For more information call Mishi at 808 553-3930
  • Tuesday at 4:30PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30AM at the Oni Alii Park. For more information or private sessions call Kelsea at 808 482 -0068

Make sure to bring a mat!

Other things to do: Read a book, rest, get to know your husband again, maybe even have time to find yourself. Relax, Relax, And Relax. Molokai is about nurturing your mind, your body and your soul.

There may be some numbers that are out of date as many things seem to change on this island without notice.

ENJOY YOUR STAY and please do not hesitate to call us if you have other needs on Molokai. We do not own any of the sites mentioned above.

800.367.2934 (Toll Free)
808.553.8334 (Direct)

Physical Address:
130 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii 96748

Mailing Address:
189 Makanui Road
Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii 96748