Molokai Travel Tips
Getting to Molokai
There are three ways to get to Molokai: a 25-minute flight on a local air carrier from Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal (HNL), Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) to Molokai Airport (MKK), or the daily interisland ferry from neighbouring Maui.
Major airlines flying from New Zealand to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu include Air New Zealand (non-stop) and Air Pacific (via Nadi). From Oahu, it’s a 25-minute flight on a local air carrier from the Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal to Molokai Airport (MKK). You can also take the daily inter-island ferry from neighbouring Maui.
Ferry service on the Molokai Princess crosses the Kalohi channel twice a day between Lahaina Harbor and Kaunakakai Harbor, once in the morning, once in the late afternoon. Expect to be treated to spectacular sunsets during the afternoon ferry crossing, and whale sightings during the winter months. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes. For more information visit www.molokaiferry.com.
Accommodation on Molokai varies from the oceanfront Hotel Molokai to rental condos (apartments), cottages and bed and breakfasts in Kaunakakai and Maunaloa.
Weather in Molokai is pleasant throughout the year. Year round temperatures average around 23.9º C. At Molokai’s higher elevations, it can get a bit cooler and wetter so pack a light jacket. The West End of Molokai is dryer and more arid while the mountainous East End is wetter and greener.
Travelling on Molokai
It’s best to rent a car on Molokai. The island is easy to navigate with only one two-lane highway stretching across it. However, some excursions require the use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Quantities are limited so make reservations in advance. Remember to go easy on the accelerator here. As the sign says on your way out of the airport: “Slow down, you’re in Molokai”.
Hawaii’s currency is the US dollar. You can exchange currency at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and at the other major neighbouring island airports. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.
US standards on tipping apply:
Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties.
Bar: $0.50-$1 US per drink
Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night
Luggage porters: $1 US per bag
Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi
Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill
Taxi: 15% of fare
The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.
Internet and Electricity
Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Electricity in the US is 115/120 volts at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.
The US Department of Agriculture enforces strict rules regarding the exportation of uninspected plants and animals and requires a declaration form for each person arriving in Hawaii. When departing, your luggage must pass a pre-flight screening for uninspected fruits and plants. You are welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Items purchased at the airport or mailed home from local vendors are inspected for you.
Useful Phone Numbers and Links
New Zealand Consulate: 1-808-595-2200
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)
Ambulance/Police/Fire Department: 911
Destination Molokai Visitors Bureau: (800) 800-6367
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Molokai Camping Permits: (808) 553-3204, (808) 984-8109
Molokai General Hospital: (808) 553-5331
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