Paddlers Restaurant & Bar – Located in Kaunakakai, Paddlers offers fine dining cuisine in a very casual setting with a full bar, live music and dancing most nights. The Ahi Poke bowls are amazing!
Kualapu’u Cookhouse – A small, quaint restaurant in the town of Kualapu’u. Homey atmosphere, but they make one of the best ribeye steaks you’ll ever eat.
Kanemitsu’s Bakery – An 80-year-old bakery known for its baked goods and the “hot bread” served out of its back door at night. Go on Monday night around 9PM and get yourself some Molokai hot bread with butter and cinnamon!
Hiro’s ‘Ohana Grill – Located on the beach side of Hotel Molokai in Kaunakakai. The most formal restaurant on the island, Hiro’s offers casual-fine dining for lunch and dinner. Open-air seating and a full bar are literally steps from the ocean with breathtaking views of the island of Lana’i.
Friendly Market Center – Located in Kaunakakai, is a small town grocery store with all the staples, and a decent selection of fish. We recommend going here before heading to Paniolo Hale.
Kumu Farms – Located near the Molokai Airport is an all organic vegetable and fruit farm. Here you will find the freshest and most delicious produce on the entire island. It’s one of our favorite places on the island.
Molokai Livestock Cooperative – Also located near the Molokai Airport is Molokai Livestock Cooperative. Here you will find all Molokai-grown and grass-fed beef, some pork and even local venison. Definitely worth the stop.
Something for Everybody – Featuring over 30 Molokai makers and artists, this store offers a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, hats, koozies and decor.
The North Shore (the back side)
The north shore of Molokai boasts the highest sea cliffs in the entire world, and are only visible by boat or by air. Walter Naki is one of the island’s best-known north shore tour guides. To book this trip, you will need to call Walter at (808) 598-8203. Just understand that to board the boat, you will have to wade in up to chest-deep water and climb up the boat ladder…but the views are worth it! Pictured here are the majestic Papalaua Falls.
Halawa Valley (pronounced Ha-la-vuh)
The Halawa Valley is located on the east end of Molokai and is made up mostly of private land. Greg Solatorio and his family live on the land and provide a guided cultural hiking tour. It’s a moderate level hike…not too steep, but there are rocks and you will have to cross a stream twice, which is about knee deep. Greg and his father start off the tour by teaching you the culture of their people. From asking permission to cross over to private lands, to their farming practices and so on. The entire experience is something you will always remember. If you are able to go on a moderate hike, this is a must-do.
Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement & National Historic Park
The Kalaupapa peninsula was chosen in 1865 as the place to isolate people with, what was at that time, an incurable illness. It was deemed a National Park in 1980 in order to preserve the two leper colonies which operated from 1866 to 1969, and had over 8,500 residents over the decades. One of the most interesting ways to get to Kalaupapa is a mule ride. You will mount your trusty steed and ride 1,700 feet down the most spectacular (and highest) sea cliffs in the world. Once you arrive, you’ll be met by a guide who will take you through the settlements teaching you the history of Kalauapapa. Click below for more information.
North Shore Boat Tour
The north shore, known as the “backside” of Molokai, has the highest sea cliffs anywhere in the world. This area is only visible by air or by boat, and the boat trip with Molokai legend Walter Naki, is nothing short of an adventure! To book this trip, you will need to call Walter at (808) 598-8203. Just understand that to board the boat, you will have to wade in up to chest-deep water and climb up the boat ladder.
Alyce C. Sportfishing offers quarter-day, half-day or full-day fishing trips. Capt. Joe has lived on Molokai since the 1960s and definitely knows his stuff when it comes to fishing. Depending on season, you will reel in some Marlin, Wahoo (Ono), Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), or Ahi (Yellow-fin Tuna).
Visit Alyce C. Sportfishing for more information.
Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling
Molokai Outdoor Activities offers various outings, including kayaking and stand-up paddling. You’ll likely see fish of all kinds, sea turtles and in the right months, even humpback whales!
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The warm, shallow waters between Maui, Lanai and Molokai are the choice location for humpback whales to give birth. During the months of December through April, there’s a very likely chance you’re going to see some whales playing in the ocean and tending their young.
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Snorkeling and Diving
Molokai’s southern shore is home to Hawaii’s longest fringing reef, coming in at a whopping 28 miles! Some of the best diving and snorkeling can be found here. You’ll see natural corals, reef fishes and other sea creatures.
Visit Molokai Fish and Dive to schedule your guided tour.