Historic Places on Molokai
From ancient Hawaiian fishponds to the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula, you can still visit Molokai’s historic places today.
Molokai is an island that takes pride in its Hawaiian heritage. Take a guided tour into beautiful Halawa Valley and learn about this historic area. Legends say some of the first Polynesian voyagers landed in their canoes at the mouth of the valley.
Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai
Ancient Hawaiians practiced a very sophisticated form of aquaculture, building some sixty rock-wall fishponds along the south shore, 700-800 years ago. East of Kaunakakai is Alii Fishpond, one of the finest examples of early Hawaiian ingenuity.
Kalaupapa National Historic Park
This serene peninsula along Molokai’s rugged north coast was once a place where victims of Hansen’s disease were forced into isolation from 1866 to 1969. Saint Damien and Saint Marianne’s selfless devotion to the people of Kalaupapa has become legendary. In October 2009, Saint Damien was ordained a saint in Rome, posthumously and Saint Marianne was canonized posthumously in 2012.