|Moloka`i’s natural beauty is constantly revealing itself to its human inhabitants. Although not a large island, Moloka`i offers infinite variety in its terrain from bleached white to jet black beaches, rugged sea cliffs, lowland desert, rainforest, bogs, fern forests, grasslands, and lowland forest.|
|The fifth largest and least developed of the Hawaiian Islands, Molokai is only 20 minutes by air from Hawaii’s most populous islands, Maui and Oahu. Molokai’s population, numbering less than 7,000, includes the highest percentage of people of native Hawaiian ancestry of any of the islands. Because of their friendliness to visitors, Molokai is known as, “the Friendly Isle.”
A few hotels and condominiums are scattered along the island’s south shore, and on the western coast is the 6,700-acre Kaluakoi Resort with an 18-hole championship golf course and miles of secluded white sand beach. On the west end of Molokai is the plantation village of Maunaloa.
|FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH
Near Kamalo, this tiny church was the first Catholic Church built on Molokai except for Father Damien’s mission at Kalaupapa.
Former Dole plantation town with quaint buildings and shops selling works by Molokai artists and craftsmen.
A state park overlooking Kalaupapa Peninsula, Palaau has well-equipped picnic grounds and winding trails. Here, too, is the phallic rock.
One of the most isolated and beautiful communities in the world where Father Damien once ministered, Kalaupapa is now designated a National historical Park. Access is by air or mule train down a 1,600-foot switchback trail.
This beautiful valley is the locale of ancient heiau and two plunging waterfalls, Moaula Falls and Hipuapua Falls.