On the third day of our trip to Maui, we left Maui Nui (the big island of Maui) for the island of Molokai. We took a small twin-prop plane from Kapalua airport to Honolulu, Hawaii. From Honolulu, we boarded the same twin-prop Island Air plane for a quick, 15 minute flight to Molokai.
Molokai had the smallest airport I’ve ever been in and the luggage was brought out on the carts right to us at a small, stainless steel table. It was really cool! Some locals informed me that the baggage handlers in Molokai used to wear sunglasses and listen to music, so they didn’t have to interact or talk with the tourists picking up their luggage! Funny!
Everyone in Molokai was super nice to us and we went on a sight-seeing tour of the island before getting back to the Hotel Molokai.
Our sight-seeing tour included a trip to Kaunakakai, the main town on the island of Molokai, to do some shopping. Then we headed out towards Kimimi Beach with a few stops along the way to see St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; one of St. Damien’s favorite on the island. Molokai is known for it’s church’s. With an island population around 8,000, I think they have more churches than people!
After a brief stay at Kimimi Beach and lunch, we headed to Ali’i Fishpond. Molokai is also known for their fishponds. They were once the “bread basket” of the Hawaiian Islands with over 100 fishponds around the island. A fishpond uses ancient Hawaiian methods to capture fish in a pond close to shore that then develop and grow into food sources for Hawaiians. Many native Hawaiians in Molokai still follow this “self-sustaining” spirit using the fishing and hunting available on the island. Ali’i Fishpond is one of a few remaining fishponds that Molokai and their people are trying to bring back to a functioning fishpond.
After the fishpond, it was my favorite stop of the day (other than our return to the hotel), Coffees of Hawaii!!
This was a great stop, just for the coffee, although I was really hoping for a tour. We originally had a tour scheduled, but as in many things in Molokai, we were a little behind schedule. Molokai is a place for relaxation and serenity. Don’t ever expect to be on a schedule. It’s one of the slowest moving places I’ve ever visited. Very much on “island time.” Not a single thing wrong with a slower pace of life, just be prepared for this if you ever visit.
Last stop was the Kalaupapa lookout. An absolutely spectacular view of the tallest sea cliffs in the world and the former leper colony at Molokai!