Molokai prides itself on being the "slower" Hawaiian island, one where the pace of life is still the way it was before modernisation came in and sped everything up. Signs are posted, even at the airport, to remind you to "slow down" and enjoy your visit. If you're looking for the fast-paced life of the city, Molokai is not for you. If instead you crave quiet and peaceful living, you'll love it!
Big Wind Kite Factory
120 Maunaloa Hwy., Maunaloa.
Assortment of handcrafted kites with kite flying lessons and factory tours.
Open daily. (808) 552-2364.
Kamehameha V Hwy on the east end of the island.
One of the most lovely spots in all of Hawaii, no wonder this site was the first recorded settlement on Molokai, dating from 650 A.D. The valley is situated at the mouth of the Halawa River.
Site of Father Damien's famous leper colony. Chosen for its 2,000 foot cliffs and issolation. Particularily contrasting is the infamous history with it’s beautiful setting.
Colony was established in 1866 and finally abandoned in the 1940s.
Hwy. 460 to Maunahui Rd. to the 2,774 acre preserve.
Features Mt. Kamakou (highest peak on the island), rain-forests, lush valleys, native Hawaiian ferns, and groves of rare Hawaiian sandalwood trees.
Meyer Sugar Mill
Hwy. 470, 4 miles north of Hwy. 460, in Kalae.
Sugar mill built in 1878. Featuring a museum and cultural center with artifacts, exhibits and tour of sugar-making process.
Open 10-12 daily. Admission: $2.50. (808) 567-6436.
Molokai Ranch Wildlife Park
Kaluakoi Rd. off Hwy. 460, Maunaloa.
1,000-acre African safari-type wild animal park with 800 and more exotic animals roaming freely.
Tours from Kaluakoi Resort. (808) 552-2741.
Purdy’s Macadamia Nut Farm
Hwy. 470 to Farrington Ave., to Lihi Pali Ave, in Hoolehua.
Hawaiian homestead with a macadamia nut grove. Nuts are grown, harvested & processed naturally.
Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free tours with samplings of nuts and honey. (808) 567-6601 or 567-6495.