Molokaʻi is the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Mouth of Hālawa Valley on the eastern end of the Island of Moloka'i


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Molokaʻi was first settled around 650AD by peoples most likely from the Marquesas Islands. Later migrants likely came from Tahiti and other south Pacific islands. Although Captain James Cook sighted Molokaʻi in 1778, the first European sailor to visit the island was Captain George Dixon in 1786. The first significant European influence came in 1832 when a Protestant mission was established at Kalua'aha on the East End of the island by Reverend Harvey Hitchcock. In the late 1800s, King Kamehameha V built a vacation home in Kaunakakai and was responsible for the planting of over 1,000 coconut trees in Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove.

Kalaupapa, located on an isolated peninsula on the northern side of Molokaʻi, was the site of a leper settlement from 1866 to 1969. Thousands of men, women and children living throughout the Hawaiian islands diagnosed with Leprosy (also known as Hansen's Disease) were forcibly exiled to the colony by the Hawaiian government and legally declared dead. They were not allowed to leave the settlement or have visitors and were forced to live out their days in this isolated settlement. There are currently no active cases of leprosy on the island, but there are some patients who chose to continue to live in the settlement after its closure.

Molokaʻi is distinguished as the longtime residence of Father Damien de Veuster, a Belgian priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and Mother Marianne Cope of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse, New York, both of whom have been canonized Roman Catholic Saints for their treatment and care given during the 19th century to sufferers of leprosy in Kalaupapa.

Get in

By plane

Molokaʻi Airport (IATA: MKK). Sometimes listed as Ho'olehua, which is its physical location. The airport has two runways that accommodate commuter/air taxi and general aviation activities, as well as some military flights. +1 808 567-9660.

Inter-island Connections

By boat

Molokaʻi-Maui Ferry - +1-866-307-6524. Two departures daily between Lahaina and Kaunakakai Molokaʻi. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes. $65.96 one-way for adults, $32.98 for children, infants (3 and under) free. Two carry on items per person; freight charges for anything in excess of two items.

Get around

Many of the sights and beaches are spread out across the island so a car or tourbus is the best way to get around.

For shorter distances, mules and horses are another option.



West End


East End


Waterfall hikes

Moaula and Hipuapua Falls are located on private land above Halawa Valley. The path is not well marked and you will need a guide to obtain permission and lead you to the falls. Both falls can, however, be viewed from multiple lookouts along Highway 450. Moaula Falls is a double-tiered fall which drops a total of 250 feet into a pool at the bottom. Native flowers, mangoes, ginger, ha'u trees and ancient taro patches line the hike.




Molokaʻi vacation rental options include the three west end condominium choices, Paniolo Hale, Ke Nani Kai and Kaluakoi Villas. Two other condo options are Molokai Shores in central Molokaʻi and Wavecrest Resort on the island's east end. There are a few bed & breakfast and other unique choices.


There are two state parks on this island which allow camping. Both have showers and bathrooms.

Vacation Homes

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