Molokai Top Sights and Attractions


To step onto Molokai is to step back in time to a slower, simpler Hawaii. In fact, one of the top attractions here is the very absence of “attractions” in the commercial sense. What Molokai lacks in modern development, adventurous travelers gain in unspoiled, uncrowded wilderness. There are no shopping malls and only a handful of souvenir shops and tour operators, but the natural beauty and pure aloha are plentiful—and that’s exactly how the locals like it.
 
From sacred valleys to one of the largest beaches in Hawaii, learn about the places that make Molokai so unforgettable.
 
Halawa Valley
Take a guided hike into this impossibly lush cathedral valley, blessed with beautiful vistas and towering waterfalls that look straight out of the Jurassic Period.
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Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai
Built from lava rock and coral, these 13th-century fishponds were etched into Molokai’s shoreline to supply local alii (royalty) with sustenance.
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Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Take a memorable mule ride down the highest sea cliffs in the world to reach the incredibly remote—and formerly forbidden—settlement of Kalaupapa.
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Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove
This dense grove of coconuts palms, planted during the reign of King Kamehameha V, is one of Molokai’s most recognizable landmarks.
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Kaunakakai
Browse unique local shops and eateries, visit historic landmarks and stroll down Hawaii’s longest pier in Molokai’s quaint main town.
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Papohaku Beach
At three miles long, Papohaku Beach is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii, offering distant views of Leahi (Diamond Head) on Oahu.
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