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Molokai isn’t your typical Hawaiian Island. This island has no high-rise building or a swarm of tourists fighting for beach space. The nightlife is tranquil, without bars and entertainment centers that hinder your view of the starry night skies. Without noisy cars lining up in traffic and no chic shops that overrun the main boulevard. With simple life on the island, you might ask what can activities are there in Molokai.
This remote island is the place of Father Damien, who will be declared in Rome as a saint. The whole area is considered as a National Park with over 10,000 acres of land.
Situated on the southern coast of Molokai, the main street of Kaunakakai is filled with false-front shops reminiscent of the Old West. The 3-block downtown district has an outdoor market. And adjacent is wharf where supplies for the island come.
Molokai Museum and Cultural Center
The Molokai Museum and Cultural Center can be found in the renovated R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill, which was first built in 1878. The original machinery was run by mules and a steam engine. This mill is considered as the oldest restored sugar mill in America.
Halawa Valley / Halawa Bay
Found on the northeast coast of Molokai, Halawa is a magnificent valley, and among the most picturesque spots in the whole of Molokai. The steep valley is roughly half a mile wide and stretches over 3 miles which includetwo amazing waterfalls. The area where valley meets the sea, the Halawa Bay offers a nice surfing and swimming spot.
Moaula and Hipuapua Falls
Located at the Halawa Valley, the Moaula Falls plunges about 250 feet down and the mountain. And north is the Hipuapua Falls, which falls 500 feet. These falls can be accessed by a guided and permitted hiking trail.
St. Joseph’s Church
Father Damien constructed the church in 1876. Situated in Kamalo, which is 10 miles east of Kaunakakai, the Church of St. Joseph has a bronze figure of Father Damien.
The Kamakou Preserve is capable of supporting different kinds of native Hawaiin ecosystem including cloud forests, bogs, and shrublands that provide home for many endangered birds and other animals. The Preserve also has the 4,961-foot peak of Kamakou, which is the highest point of Molokai.
The Dunes of Moomomi
Found in the northwest coast part of Molokai, the Dunes of Moomomi houses a lot of endangered plant life and vital cultural areas.
Smith and Bronte Landing
This is the location of the crash site of the aircraft of the airmail pilot Ernest Smith and navigator Emily Bronte, the first ever civilians to fly over the islands of Hawaii from Mainland America. The 1927 flight travelled over 2,200 miles in 26 hours and 36 minutes in their 27-foot monoplane named The City of Oakland.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
Found in the eastern part of Kaunakakai, this Catholic Church was constructed during 1966. It’s a restoration of the first church erected in 1874 by Father Damien.
Every time Father Damien was going to St. Joseph’s Church, he would hold a mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Father Damien continued doing this even if he was sick with leprosy.
This amazing three-mile stretch of beach on the western coast of Molokai is among the longest white-sand beach in the whole of Hawaii. You can have a nice picnic on this beach and catch a glimpse of the sunset.
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