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Activities

Adventure

The wonders of Molokai whirl around the outdoors. Everything from deep sea fishing charters to the famous Kalaupapa Mule Ride requires a certain level of physical dexterity and a sense of adventure – there is little available on the island to the person looking to an easy day at the beach - part of the island’s unique aspect is that every visitor has a different experience. Here are some of our favorites.

Land

Golf

The nine-hole golf course at Ironwoods, on the top of the Kalaupapa Sea Cliffs, is one of the cheapest courses in Hawaii. It is located a convenient 10 minutes from the condo complex, down an overgrown road. The challenge lies not in the complexity of its design, but in its upkeep - Ironwoods is maintained by one man, working several days per week - the majority of the greens are, to put it lightly, rough. Clubs are sometimes available for rental at the course and intermittently in the resort complex.

North Shore

The cliffs of the North Shore give way to the Pelekunu Valley, once an ancient home of the Hawaiian people and now a summertime refuge where island natives go to camp and swim in the river. Any excursion backside is typically guided by one of the local boat captains - the site is inaccessible by any other means. If you go: boats occasionally go backside from the harbor in Kaunakakai or from the harbor East End. Plan for a multi-day excursion as you'll want to explore this ancient and gorgeous valley.

Kalaupapa

Father Damien, the legendary Belgian priest, ministered to the people of Kalaupapa, the world’s last leprosy colony, on the Kalaupapa Peninsula. Damien was canonized in Oct. 2009. Tours of the colony, including a variety of churches and his grave site, are available only if booked in advance. The Molokai Mule ride includes a specific tour (bring hard-soled shoes, jeans, and water). Visitors are welcome to hike down the trail, but cannot visit the settlement without sponsorship and permission from the residents of the community. There is one cabin available for visitors at the bottom, however it is booked months in advance. It is reputed to be haunted.

Hale O Lono Harbor

On the southwestern corner of the island lies Hale o Lono Harbor, the kicking off point for many of the island's races. Formerly the island's hub for shipping, a variety of now-abandoned wharves once supported the island's agricultural economy. Today, miles of beaches are some of the best for camping, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Wilderness

A variety of invasive species have been introduced to and become an integral part of the island's ecosystem. These include chickens, goats, cattle, exceptionally tasty deer, antelope and pigs. Hunting permits can be purchased but we advise you consult the County of Maui for details.

The best hike, in our opinion, is from the condo due west about 12 miles, to La'au Point. Camping is tolerated along the island's beaches and monk seals are often seen on the coast line. It is a fairly rugged hike, though there is something of a path along the way. La'au Point is sacred to practitioners of the ancient Hawaiian religion and we ask that visitors please act accordingly.

WATER

Snorkeling

The best snorkeling is a matter of opinion and luck. Mana’e, on the East End, offers classic Hawaiian coral reefs, notably around mile marker 13. West End, on a calm day (generally during the summer months), larger fish can be seen in Kawekio, about a mile east of the condo on the island’s West End (accessible via hiking or four-wheel-drive only). Our very favorite spot on the West End is Mo’omomi, famous for its fishing reserves, diving opportunities and occasionally, its big surf.

Fishing & Whale Watching

Kaunakakai Wharf is the best bet for boat rental. Ocean kayaks (outrigger canoes) can be rented for the discriminating paddler, while private charters can be arranged for fishing and whale-watching excursions. Local guides are generally available by word of mouth near their boats. Formal excursions are also available at the island’s outdoor shop in downtown Kaunakakai.

Halawa Valley

Tourists are invited to visit the black sand beaches at Halawa on their own by driving the 26 miles down the Mana'e Highway east of town. For the true experience, however, visitors are encouraged to hire a guide to take them to one of the island's most scenic waterfalls at Halawa, an ancient and sacred site to the island's natives. Visitors are ACTIVELY DISCOURAGED from going to Halawa on their own. The hike takes about an hour one way, and is fairly easy, if plagued by mosquitoes. Some of the island's best surfing and fishing is along the way on Mana'e side, on your way down the long, winding single-lane road to Halawa.

AIR

Helicopter Tours

Private helicopter tours of the island can be arranged on Maui and at the Molokai Airport; they are subject to a variety of limitations, the least of which is the weather. This is the easiest way to see the island’s hidden back side and the remnants of Hawaiian culture on the North Shore; the alternative is a multi-day excursion by boat.

NIGHTLIFE

Most of Hawaii's nightlife is restricted to Kaunakakai: Paddlers' Inn, the island's only restaurant-bar hosts bands from off-island, as does Hotel Molokai. Hotel represents your best bet for a formal sit-down dinner on the island. It also has local music, notably on Fridays from about 3 p.m. until Midnight.

Molokai Hot Bread, an island favorite, is available most nights after 11 p.m. at the back door of the island's bakery on Main Street.

Contact Us

If you're interested in renting send us an e-mail or drop us a line.
Tel: 312-371-6279
E-mail: molokai@kategardiner.com

Rental Rates

Winter rates*

  • Daily: $80 (with a two-night minimum)
  • Weekly: $550
  • Monthly: $1900

*A one-time cleaning fee of $85 and 12.25% tax will also be added.