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Activities and Adventure on Molokai

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A March 2003 trip to Molokai by lcampbell

Dramatic Cliffs Photo, Molokai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: At a size of only 38 miles by 10 miles, and a population of just 7000, Molokai is a warm and cozy rural island. This is true Hawaii, with over half the people of native Hawaiian descent, and low-key tourism. You will breath a sigh of relief soon after arriving.

Activities and Adventure on Molokai

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Dramatic Cliffs Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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At a size of only 38 miles by 10 miles, and a population of just 7000, Molokai is a warm and cozy rural island. This is true Hawaii, with over half the people of native Hawaiian descent, and low-key tourism. You will breath a sigh of relief soon after arriving. Highlights Molokai is a place of true beauty – it is undeveloped and unspoiled. No highrises, no stoplights (none!), and no catering to tourists. This is vacation destination for those who want to avoid prepackaged Hawaiiana, fake luaus, and the pressure sales tactics of activity booths and timeshares. A sign you will see around town is: "Slow Down! This is Molokai!" My three favorite things to do on Molokai were: ...Read More

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Attraction | "Kalaupapa National Historic Park"

Kalaupapa National Historical Park Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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The Kalaupapa Peninsula is a place unique in geology and history. You will not find another place like it anywhere on earth, and you will never forget the experience of seeing it and learning about its tragic past and complicated present situation. Geology The way the tour guide Kathy describes it, the island of Molokai was once a large shield volcano. About one million years ago, half the island fell off into the sea, leaving the dramatic vertical cliffs that we see today. After this, a bubble of lava came up from the sea forming the flat piece of land (Kalaupapa means "flat leaf") now connected to the steep north shore. There are no roads reaching Kalaupapa-–the only access is b...Read More

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Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa Peninsula
Molokai, Hawaii 96742
+1 808 567 6802; +1

The Nature Conservancy on Molokai

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The Nature Conservancy on Molokai Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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There are three preserves on Molokai that are owned and cared for by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Two of them–-Mo’omomi and Kamakou--are open to the public, and The Nature Conservancy offers guided hikes to them once per month, usually on a Saturday. Call (808)553-5236 or email hike_molokai@tnc.org for information on guided hikes. Kamakou Preserve Kamakou is a 2774-acre preserve in central Molokai on the side of Kamakou Peak, Molokai’s highest at 4961 feet. Kamakou is full of native Hawaiian plants. About 250 different species of plants are found here, 219 of which can be found nowhere else. The preserve starts at Waikolu Lookout (an awesome view of Waikolu Valley, 3600 feet) on t...Read More

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The Nature Conservancy on Molokai
P.O. Box 220
Molokai, Hawaii

Pala'au State Park

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Pala'au State Park Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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Pala’au State Park is located at the end of Hwy 470, about 20 minutes from Kaunakakai. The park is most well know for it’s overlook of the Kalaupapa Peninsula. From the parking area, it is just a 1- or 2-minute walk to the overlook. If the weather is good, you will get a perfect view of the entire peninsula. You can see its flat shape. Kalaupapa means "flat leaf" and from here you can see why. You will get a glimpse of some of the north shore cliffs, but not an extensive view. The trail to Kalaupapa starts just before the entrance sign for Pala’au State Park. But remember, you are not allowed to hike down to the peninsula unless you are a guest of a resident or have reservation on a guided tou...Read More

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Pala'au State Park
Highway 470
Kualapu'u, Hawaii 96757
+1 808 567 6083; +1

Coffees of Hawaii Mule Drawn Plantation Tour

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Attraction | "Coffee and Nuts - Two Short Tours"

Coffees of Hawaii Mule Drawn Plantation Tour Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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In Kualapu’u, there are two great short tours that go great together-–fresh coffee and nuts, what could be better? Coffees of Hawaii is a 500-acre coffee plantation on Molokai that offers two tours daily from Monday to Friday. Tours are $7 per person and last 45 minutes, starting at 9:30am and 11:30am. Call ahead for reservations at (808)567-9241 or (800)709-2326. The tour takes you on a mule-drawn wagon ride through the coffee fields, followed by a tour of the processing area. The tour shows all of the steps involved in growing, harvesting, and processing coffee. After the tour, you can try as many free samples as you can drink! You can try free samples even if you don’t make it to the t...Read More

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Coffees of Hawaii Mule Drawn Plantation Tour
160 Farrington Highway
Kualapu'u, Hawaii 96757
+1 808 567 9241; +1

RW Meyer Sugar Mill

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Attraction | "R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill Museum"

RW Meyer Sugar Mill Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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Located on Hwy 470, a few miles north of Kualapu’u, the R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill Museum (also called the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center) is an interesting stop. The sugar mill operated from 1878 until 1889 and is the smallest sugar mill in Hawaii. Rudolph Wilhelm Meyer came to Molokai from Germany in 1850, married a local woman named Kalama Waha, and had 11 children. Meyer built the sugar mill and processed sugar cane from the 30 acres that he had scattered in small patches in the gullies around his property. Wilma, the volunteer working at the museum, told me that because the mill is at 1500 feet in elevation, the sugar cane grew best in the gullies because it is warmer and wetter. The family also h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2003

RW Meyer Sugar Mill
Highway 470, Mile Marker 4
Kualapu'u, Hawaii 96757
+1 808 567 6436 (Mus