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Molokai: the Hawaiian island without the crowds

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A March 2001 trip to Molokai by Maui Jon

Molokai Ranch Lodge:  checking in Photo, Molokai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Molokai is one of the six major Hawaiian islands that tourists can visit, but it is more laid back and relaxing and uncrowded than the more popular islands.

Molokai: the Hawaiian island without the crowds

Overview

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Molokai has the largest beach in the state of Hawaii, three miles long, and you can have it practially all to yourself. There's not a single traffic signal on the island, no place where you have to pay to park, and no traffic anyplace. There is gorgeous scenery everywhere, mountains, beaches, rain forest, cliffs, reefs, and all of it without crowds.

Quick Tips:

LOTS more information about Maui sights, activities, restaurants, hotels and more at
www.mauihawaii.org

Best Way To Get Around:

You'll definitely need a rental car, walking shoes, and a good guidebook on Molokai. There's no public transportation and there is a lot to see.

Molokai Ranch Lodge: checking in

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Hotel

Molokai Ranch Lodge:  checking in Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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This is Molokai's only luxury hotel. The Molokai Ranch Lodge is a two-story group of three wooden buildings, with a total of just 22 hotel rooms. It opened in September of 1999. We parked in the small parking lot and took out our single suitcase. The bellman immediately came all the way out into the parking lot to greet us with a friendly smile, introduce himself, and start chatting with us as if we were returning friends. He gave us fresh flower leis, picked up our luggage, took our photo (with our own camera, not something to sell us), and escorted us into the lobby on a leisurely stroll. (Nobody on Molokai is in a hurry.) The lobby is a beautiful wood structure with a ranch look, comf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Molokai Ranch Lodge: checking in
Maunaloa
Molokai, Hawaii
1(877) 726-4656

Molokai Ranch Lodge: checking in

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Hotel | "Molokai Ranch Lodge: our room"

Molokai Ranch Lodge:  checking in Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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I started the description of this hotel in the other entr, but didn't have space there to include the description of our room, so here it is. After having heard for months that there were no luxury hotels on Molokai, we were amazed when we entered our gorgeous room. In the center of the room was a queen-size four-poster bed, with a colorful hand-quilted bedspread and throw pillows of various designs with a ranch theme. The bed faced the lanai (balcony) and the end of the room that was rounded and had windows on all sides. Skylights let the sun shine directly onto the bed. There was a television hidden in a low cabinet that popped up at the touch of the remote control, coming out of its cabin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Molokai Ranch Lodge: checking in
Maunaloa
Molokai, Hawaii
1(877) 726-4656

Maunaloa Dining Room

Restaurant | "Maunaloa Room"

Maunaloa Dining Room Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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We had dinner that first night in the Maunaloa room, the restaurant at our hotel. My wife started her meal with the vegetable barley soup, which was served in a miniature cast iron kettle. I was happy to find an appetizer on the menu that I had never tasted before, but had been wanting to try: opii (pronounced oh-PEE-ee). Opii is the Hawaiian name for limpet, a mollusk with a hard round shell about the size of a quarter. The reason I wanted to taste this little ocean delicacy was because I liked a funny Hawaiian song about it, some of which says: Please don't eat me, I'm just a small Opi'I . . . We think to eat us is offensive, Besides we’re really quite expensive . . ....Read More

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Maunaloa Dining Room
100 Maunaloa Highway
Maunaloa, Hawaii 96770
+1 808 660 2825

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

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Attraction | "Kalaupapa"

Kalaupapa National Historical Park Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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We drove to the area and then walked through the forest to the top of a cliff where we could look down on Molokai’s most famous sight, Kalaupapa. This is a 2-mile-square peninsula backed by a 1600 foot cliff, and surrounded on its other sides by the ocean, on the north shore where the huge waves make a swimming escape impossible. It is here that Hawaiians with leprosy were literally dumped ashore beginning in 1866. It is here that the Belgian priest, Father Damien, cared for these abandoned people from 1873 until he died of their disease in 1886. (Today leprosy can be controlled, so no one is forced to stay at Kalaupapa. But a few of the older patients are still there, since this is the only home...Read More

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

Papohaku Beach

Attraction

Papohaku Beach Photo, Molokai, Hawaii
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The longest beach in the entire state of Hawaii is three-mile-long Papohaku Beach on the west end of the island of Molokai. I didn’t believe the guidebook, but it was right about how deserted this would be. It was Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, but ours was the only car in the parking lot. There was only one other couple on the entire beach, and they were over a mile away from us. (They must have parked somewhere along the road, since their car was not in the lot.) This is a beautiful empty endless expanse of wide light-colored sand, and you can have it all to yourself! If you're going to Maui as well as Molokai, take a look at the great information on this website: www.mauihawaii.org...Read More

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Papohaku Beach
West Shore Molokai
Kaluakoi, Hawaii 96770
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