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Only 38 miles long and 10 miles wide, Molokai’s small footprint makes it easily accessible by foot, bike or car. Along the way, you’ll discover deep jungles, cathedral valleys, windswept beaches and one of the most remote settlements in the world. No matter how you choose to explore this intriguing island, you’ll soon see why Molokai is truly Hawaiian by nature.
Some of the most spectacular landscapes in Hawaii can be found in the ancient Halawa Valley on Molokai’s East End. This lush cathedral valley can only be explored on a guided hike, which will lead you to sacred heiau (temples), breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfalls, like the 250-foot Mooula Falls. Almost as spectacular as the Halawa Valley itself is the cliffside drive that leads there, with one-lane switchbacks and sweeping views of deserted black-sand beaches along the coast.
Hop on a bike (you can rent one in Kaunakakai) and explore the local shops, eateries and many historic sites of Molokai’s south shore, like Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Church Row and the Alii Fishpond. Or, head to the three-mile-long Papohaku Beach on the island’s west side for a romantic sunset stroll.
Perhaps the ultimate land adventure on Molokai is found at Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Located on a remote peninsula jutting from Molokai’s rugged northern coast, this former fishing village became a colony for exiled sufferers of Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) in the 19th century. To visit the preserved settlement, you must take a thrilling guided mule tour down the world’s tallest sea cliffs, offering bird’s-eye ocean views along the winding 2.9-mile trail.
History and Culture on Molokai
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