Known as “the Friendly Isle” Molokai is an unspoilt paradise that's remained true to its island roots. Lying in crystal clear waters just eight miles from Maui, a visit to Molokai is like a journey to Hawaii's past. No stoplights, no tall buildings - this 38 mile long by 10 mile wide island is Hawaii as it's always been. Legend has it that Molokai is the birthplace of the hula and with an extremely high percentage of the population being of native descent, the aloha spirit may be at it's most authentic here.
Start in Kaunakakai on Molokai’s southern coast. This charming harbour town is home to unique local shops and historic landmarks including the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. The west coast is home to Papohaku Beach where you can sink your toes in one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches or hike along the 1,700 foot cliffs in Kalaupapa National Historical Park - the tallest sea cliffs in the world.
One of the most innovative Hawaiian inventions was the stone and coral fishpond. The walls of the ponds were made from lava boulders and coral. Fish would be caught inside while allowing seawater to ebb in and out. Back in the day, only royal Hawaiian chiefs were permitted to eat the fish harvested from these ponds. Scalloped along a 20 mile stretch of Molokai’s southern coast, you’ll discover a wealth of well-preserved fishponds, many more than 700 years old.
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