Molokai Arts & Culture

Molokai legends speak of the hula beginning at Kaana near the present day town of Maunaloa. Every May, the people of Molokai gather together to celebrate this personification of the aloha spirit at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival. Some of the best dancers in the state gather to share their traditions. Every chant and dance tells a story. Of love. Of the gods. Of a history never to be forgotten. This commitment to perpetuating the past sets Molokai apart from the other Hawaiian Islands.

History’s roots run deep on Molokai, from 13th century Hawaiian Fishponds to the living classroom of historical sites in Halawa Valley. Whether you’re talking with a local in Kaunakakai or soaking in the island’s natural wonders, the past reaches out to touch each person who visits, like the graceful fingers of a hula dancer.

Heritage Sites of Hawaii are special places located throughout the islands that provide significant historical, cultural and environmental contributions to the understanding and enjoyment of Hawaii.
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From ancient Hawaiian fishponds to the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula, you can still visit Molokai’s historic places today.
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Legend says hula was born on Molokai and these traditions are celebrated every year at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival.
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Saint Damien spent 16 years on Molokai, at what is now Kalaupapa National Historical Park, helping those suffering from Hansen's disease.
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The story of Kalaupapa, Molokai is one of heartbreak as well as heroes. In the late 1800s, Hansen's disease was rampant in Hawaii. A lack of understanding of the disease and other factors led to the forced exile of patients to the secluded peninsula of Kalaupapa.
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