Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet) and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast. With a high percentage of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is place where Hawaiian culture thrives. The people of Molokai continue to preserve their rural lifestyle and show a great respect and love of the land. You can feel this aloha from small town Kaunakakai to remote Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Travel to Molokai:
There are three ways to get to Molokai: a 25-minute flight on a local air carrier from Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal (HNL), Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) to Molokai Airport (MKK), or the daily inter-island ferry from neighboring Maui. Ferry service on the Molokai Princess crosses the Kalohi channel twice a day between Lahaina Harbor and Kaunakakai Harbor, once in the morning, once in the late afternoon. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes. For more information visit www.molokaiferry.com.
Geography of Molokai:
Two volcanoes formed Molokai: Maunaloa on the West End and Kamakou to the east. Spend some time in Maunaloa town and you’ll notice it is dryer, flatter and more arid here than in the rugged, verdant valleys of East End. Eastern Molokai features largely inaccessible mountains and sea cliffs. Mt. Kamakou is Molokai’s highest point (4,970 feet) and the sea cliffs of the North Shore Pali are the tallest in the world (3,600 to 3,900 feet). Kalaupapa Peninsula juts out from north central Molokai, home to the isolated Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Weather in Molokai:
Weather in Molokai is very consistent, with only minor changes in temperature throughout the year. Year round temperatures average around 75º F (23.9º C). Temperatures at night are approximately 10º F lower than during the warmer days. At Molokai’s higher elevations, it can get a bit cooler and wetter so pack a light jacket. The West End of Molokai is dryer and more arid while the mountainous East End is wetter and greener.