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Your First Trip to Molokai

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Step foot on Molokai and you’ll notice a quiet tranquility and an unspoiled, scenic environment unlike other destination. From the beaches of West End and the southern coast of Central Molokai to the amphitheater-like valleys of the East End, this is an island made for outdoor adventure.

There are two ways to get to Molokai: a flight on a local air carrier from Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal (HNL) to Molokai Airport (MKK) or fly to Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui and take the daily interisland ferry from neighboring Lahaina Harbor to Kaunakakai Harbor, twice a day. Ferry time is approximately 90 minutes.

Whether you arrive by ferry or plane, start off in Kaunakakai on Molokai’s southern coast. This charming harbor town is home to unique local shops and historic landmarks including the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. Visit ancient fishponds along Molokai’s south shore or travel to Papohaku Beach on the west coast to see one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches. Molokai’s most famous attraction is the journey to isolated Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Whether you hike or take a mule ride to this scenic settlement, be sure to make reservations in advance.

Featured Sites and Attractions

Kaunakakai, Molokai

Kaunakakai, Molokai’s main town on its southern coast, features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.

Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Molokai

Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai’s most recognizable natural landmarks.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai

Take a memorable mule ride from 1,700 feet to the seaside Kalaupapa National Historical Park, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.

Papohaku Beach, Molokai

At three miles long, Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.