MOLOKAI is one of the six major tourist destination islands of Hawaii.

Molokai Island as a vacation destination is often included with Maui Island, being only nine miles apart, and linked by regular ferry service. [The same is true of Lanai Island.]

Molokai is the least visited of the six tourist destination islands, with only one small town Kaunakakai of 3,000 people.

Molokai has a mountain on the east end which receives moderate rainfall, but the west half of the island is low, dry, and without much vegetation.

Molokai has few resort hotels where tourist can stay.

Only a few small accommodations for tourists are available near the small town Kaunakakai.

When a cruise ship tried to offload its passengers onto Molokai, the residents of the island turned the ship away.

You can go on a side trip to the island of Molokai from Maui nine miles away via ferry boat or plane.

No other regularly scheduled boat goes from Maui to Molokai except the ferry.


The ex-leper-colony of Kalaupapa is on the north shore of Molokai. Mule rides are available to take you down the steep trail from atop the cliffs to visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park. The park is open Monday through Saturday, by invitation only.

Kalaupapa Park is dedicated to providing a well-maintained community to ensure that present remaining residents of the Settlement may live out their lives in their homes.



MOLOKAI on Hawaii Visitors Bureau web site.

MULE RIDES to KALAUPAPA National Historical Park.




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