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East End, Molokai

Undiscovered country and natural wonders abound on Molokai’s East End. Take a drive along Kamehameha V Highway, where Kamakou, Molokai’s highest mountain, is on your left and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) is on your right. Pass by historic sites like St. Joseph’s Church, built in 1876 by Saint Damien, and Molokai’s first Christian church, Kaluaaha Church, originally built in 1833.
 
Stop by Kumimi Beach (also known as Murphy Beach) for great snorkeling, or continue to the end of the road for a picnic at peaceful Halawa Beach Park. Take a guided hike into beautiful Halawa Valley, the only one of Molokai’s five epic valleys that’s easily accessible.
 
Follow a different path inland and four-wheel drive to the Kamakou Preserve, a primeval Hawaiian rainforest home to rare endemic plants and animals. Get a gorgeous view of Waikolu Valley at the Waikolu Overlook. Lining the northeast coast are the sky-high cliffs of the North Shore Pali. At 3,600 to 3,900 feet, they’re the tallest sea cliffs in the world. 

Regions of Molokai

Molokai
Central Molokai
Coastline of Central Molokai
Take a journey along 2,000-foot sea cliffs amid dazzling seascapes to visit one of the most remote settlements in the Hawaiian Islands.
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West End
A couple on an empty beach in the west end of Molokai
Swim or snorkel in the sparkling turquoise-blue waters at Papohaku Beach on Molokai’s West End, or enjoy unique shopping and museums in the charming town of Maunaloa.
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East End
A guided tour through a tropical forest on the east end of Molokai
Take a guided tour through the magnificent tropical paradise of Kamakou Preserve and let the breathtaking natural beauty renew you.
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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 coconut 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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Maunaloa
Venture to Maunaloa, a small plantation village set in the hills above the coast, where you’ll find unique shopping and lodging options.
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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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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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Kamakou Preserve
Hike beneath moss-covered branches in Kamakou Preserve, a nature conservancy site that contains rare native Hawaiian birds and plants.
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Video: Day With a Local on Molokai

Video: Molokai East End
Follow along on a trip to the East End of Molokai, including the Halawa Valley and more.

East End Highlights

Halawa Valley

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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Kamakou Preserve

Kamakou Preserve

Hike beneath moss-covered branches in Kamakou Preserve, a nature conservancy site that contains rare native Hawaiian birds and plants.

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