ALOHA from Moloka'i
Where to Stay
When visiting the tranquil island of Moloka'i, you will want to stay at a place that upholds the authentic Hawaiian atmosphere and traditions. Hotel Moloka'i allows you to relax in a tropical oasis as you feel the trade winds, hear the waves crashing and smell the salty, ocean air.
All of Hotel Moloka'i's rooms feature free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, and private lanais with some rooms including kitchenettes. On-site amenities are available for your convenience including an outdoor pool, guest laundry services, a concierge, hammocks and classes in authentic Hawaiian traditions such as Hula dancing, Lei making, yoga classes and ukulele lessons. Be sure to see the on-site concierge, who can assist with everything from water activity rentals, classes, tours, and in-room add-ons.
The prime location of the hotel offers you the opportunity to experience adventure and Hawaiian culture. Visit the surrounding coffee plantation and mango groves to get a glimpse at Hawaiian cuisine. Take a trip to downtown Kaunakakai for shopping, dining and more. Or go on a thrilling adventure as you climb the highest sea cliffs in the world on a mule, observe underwater nature while scuba diving, or hike to Hipuapua Falls, a 500 feet tall waterfall with a large natural pool at the base. Moloka’i is truly not like any other Hawaiian island and once you experience, you will want to return again and again
"Moloka’i was so quiet and romantic. We were able to spend the last night of our honeymoon alone on the beach, watching the sunset. It doesn’t get better than that!"
-Michael Y., Client since 2014
Things you can only do in Moloka'i
Take a Mule Ride AdventureTake a tour of Kalaupapa by mule as you ride 2.9 miles down Moloka’i’s sea cliffs.
Hike Halawa ValleyHike through Halawa Valley and explore the history of Hawaii along with glistening waterfalls (tour guides are required for this hike).
Taste Moloka’i Hot BreadDo something nice for your tastebuds and visit the famous local bakery for Kanemitsu French Bread, available starting at 8 p.m. every night (except Mondays).
Give a Gift They’ll RememberGive friends and family a truly unique souvenir and mail them a decorated coconut postcard (Post-A-Nut) from the Ho’olehua Post Office.
Learn About Local History at Father Damien’s ChurchBe inspired by the work that Father Damien did for the Hansen’s Disease sufferers who found refuge on the island through his ministries.
Explore Kamakou PreserveExplore this remote rainforest, located near Molokai’s highest mountain, which is home to hundreds of Hawaiian plant species, about 200 of which are found nowhere else.
Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko Hula CelebrationA yearly tradition since 1991, this unique celebration aims to educate and enlighten all about Molokai’s pre-western history with music, performances, food, lectures, and hula dancing. The event is held annually in early summer and runs for three days.
Outrigger Canoe RacesEach year in October, thousands from around the world come out to compete in one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaii: the Moloka’i Hoe. The event is considered the world championship of off-shore canoe racing. In addition, there is a women’s race that occurs in September called Na Wahine O Ke Kai.
Festivals of Aloha in Moloka’iCommemorate Native Hawaiian culture with this annual festival as you celebrate with the Moloka’i community with food, games, dancing and entertainment.
“Beautiful, beautiful Hawaii.”
- Mondy D., Client since 2012
Essential Hawaiian Words
These words represent the native Hawaiian language and must be used both mindfully and respectfully.
- Aloha Love, affection, hello, goodbye
- Mahalo Thank you
- Keiki Children
- Ohana Family
- Makai / Mauka Ocean side / Mountain side
- Kokua Help
"Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove in Moloka’i. Perfect for watching a sunset, relaxing, and enjoying an ocean breeze."
-Izadora Z., Client since 2010
Although the island of Moloka’i, Hawaii is part of the United States, the culture can be described as different from that of the mainland America. Here are some key tips and tricks that will make you feel like a Hawaiian while on vacation.
- Getting around: There are two ways to visit paradise: by ferry or by plane. From Maui, you can catch the Moloka’i Ferry at Lahaina daily. If you’re traveling by plane, once you land in Honolulu or Maui, catch a commuter flight to the island (MKK). There is no public transportation on Moloka’i, so we recommend renting a car, unless you don’t plan on straying from the hotel. In that case, a taxi service is offered around the island, including private island tours
- Weather: Temperatures average year-round at about 75 degrees F. The average rainfall in a year is 27.1 inches.
- Traffic: There are no traffic lights on the island, meaning traffic is extremely light. However, be mindful of your surroundings and drive slowly. In Kaunakakai, Moloka’i’s main town, jay-walking is common, so be sure to stop for pedestrians.
- Atmosphere: The island is not glamorous and glitzy, as it is considered "old Hawaii".
- Shopping: The island is dominated by local shops and businesses, not malls or retail stores.
- Location: Hawaii is part of the 50 states, so when you talk about your home, be sure to refer to the area as "the mainland", NOT "the states".
- Driving: There are not many gas stations on the island, so if you do rent a car (which is suggested), plan accordingly.
- Kalaupapa: You cannot visit Kalaupapa, a village on Moloka’i, without a tour/guide.
- Prices: Prices are higher and choices are limited since all items that are for sale on the island are brought in by a barge from Oahu and Maui.
- Beaches: None of the beaches have lifeguards on duty, so be careful.
- Locals: Residents of Moloka’i are referred to as "locals", NOT "natives".