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Franko’s Molokai Guide Map
Franko’s Hawaiian guide maps were originally created for the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii (The Big Island). These guide maps are designed to visually reflect the beauty of these islands, and to serve as a guide to everything there is to see and do on the islands. Eventually it was decided that the island of Molokai, a beautiful and fascinating Hawaiian island, deserved a map too. Thus Franko’s Molokai Guide Map came into being.
Here are captions from Side One of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map, which shows all of Molokai:
MOLOKAI MANA'O Molokai is a friendly and family-oriented island that has deep connections with its Hawaiian ancestors and their living Kupuna. Respect is a way of life on Molokai. While visitors are openly welcomed here, it would be wise to first understand the ways of Molokai. Unlike the visitor industry on the larger Hawaiian Islands, Molokai has preserved its true Hawaiian culture. More than one third of this island's residents have over 50% Hawaiian blood. Molokai folks will farm, fish, hunt and gather many of their basic needs and they enjoy this lifestyle. To become a resort island is not a Molokai goal. Many of the amenities and the services found in other resort locations are simply not offered on Molokai. Visitors to Molokai need to understand that here you will find authentic Hawaiian culture, a rural lifestyle, and the many, many fun things to see and do depicted on this map. But here you will need to slow down, be less demanding, and respect the Molokai way of life. Molokai is the real deal. You are visiting the true Hawaii. Please enjoy and respect Molokai and her people.
SCUBA DIVING Molokai waters offer some of the best scuba diving experiences in all of Hawaii. The longest shoreline barrier reef in Hawaii is on Molokai's South Shore, with blue holes and reef walls for experienced divers. Molokai's famous "Backside" or North Shore is available in favorable summer conditions only, and is rarely dived. The Eastern End of Molokai features noteworthy diving in pristine conditions, but amongst real ammunition left over from Navy target practice. Custom adventures and even first-time scuba lessons can be arranged with Molokai Fish and Dive, which is the only PADI Dive Shop on the island. (808) 553-5926
WHALE WATCHING The South Shore is the best place to watch for Humpback Whales that visit, play and give birth in Hawaiian waters from December until May. Any fishing or sailing charter boats can take you whale watching. Contact Molokai Fish and Dive at (808) 553-5926 or Molokai Outdoors at (808) 553-4477.
KALAUPAPA MULE RIDE One on the world's most spectacular and scenic rides is via Molokai Mule Rides (800) 567-7550, down the trail to join with Damien Tours (808) 567-6088 on the Peninsula.
KALAUPAPA OVERLOOK From here there is a great view of Kalaupapa Peninsula, and the dramatic coastline below. Interpretive signs tell you the story of Kalaupapa Peninsula.
MOLOKAI MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER (RW MEYER SUGAR MILL MUSEUM) This is a restored sugar mill, representing the very first sugar mill on Molokai, built in 1878 by a German immigrant who married the Molokai High Chiefess, Kalama. The mill originally relied on mule-power and a steam engine to crush the cane. Open 10am-2pm, closed Sunday.
PALAAU STATE PARK Hike or mountain bike on the winding trails, and see petroglyphs and Phallic Rock in this 34-acre recreation area. The views of Kalaupapa are magnificent. Picnic tables and camping are available. It is often cool and rainy up here.
IRONWOODS GOLF COURSE is the best golfing bargain in all of Hawaii. Originally designed for the executives of Del Monte Pineapple, this is a classic 9-hole course. For tee times call (808) 567-6000. If you want expert help with your game, ask for Darrel, the local golf pro.
COFFEES OF HAWAII Visit a 500-acre working coffee plantation and enjoy one of the finest coffees in the world. There is a self-guided deck tour any time, a guided walking tour at 10:00am, or a mule drawn wagon tour at 8:00am and 1:00pm weekdays. Also, enjoy the espresso and coffee bar, the cafe and gift boutique seven days a week. For reservations call (808) 567-9490.
PURDY'S MACADAMIA FARM TOUR Enjoy a free visit at the oldest working Macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. Fifty trees planted over eighty years ago provide organic nuts that are roasted on the property. Also enjoy macadamia nut honey and a gift shop with made-in-Molokai products. Tue. - Fri. 9:30am to 3:30pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. (808) 567-6601
KALAUPAPA PENINSULA In the mid 1800's this peninsula was where people suffering from Hansen's disease (leprosy) were forced into exile. Father Damien, a Belgian Roman Catholic priest is famous for administering to these tragic victims from 1874 to 1889, when he too eventually succumbed to the disease at the age of 49. It is no longer a "leper colony", although people who have recovered from Hansen's disease still reside in their Kalaupapa homes. Today visitors can arrange a tour to this isolated yet fantastically beautiful National Historical Park by air, mule, or foot. The peninsula is surrounded by the world's highest sea cliffs, the North Shore Pali, soaring more than 2,000 feet straight up out of the sea. For ground tours contact Damien Tours at (808) 567-6171.
WAIKOLU OVERLOOK The view across and down into this magnificent valley is just incredible. This is also a great place to see native birds, ohia trees, and other lush vegetation. The Overlook area is part of the Kamakou Preserve.
SANDALWOOD PIT This is a 75 ft. long indentation (pit) in the earth, dug in the early 1800's by King Kamehameha's men to the exact width and length of a sandalwood cargo ship hold. The fragrant exportwas packed into the pit for shipment planning, then taken to the dock and put on a real ship and sent to China. The wood was traded for the ship, building King Kamehameha's fleet.
KAMAKOU PRESERVE The Nature Conservancy gives monthly guided hikes on a narrow boardwalk across bogs and into this watershed area near Molokai's highest peak. 2,774 acres of lush rainforest has over 250 Hawaiian plants and scores of native insect species that support rare endemic birds. The Kamakou Preserve provides more than 60% of Molokai's water. For an unforgettable visit call (808) 553-5236 or visit www.nature.org.
NORTH SHORE KAYAKING Molokai has amazing ocean kayaking, but doing it along the vertical North Shore is amazing beyond belief. Secret, secluded beaches, sea birds, and cascading waterfalls provide incredible, photogenic scenery, but only in summer.
NORTH SHORE PALI These are the tallest sea cliffs in the world, at about 2000 feet. The pali continue their near-vertical plunge to 2000 feet below sea level.
KALUAKOI Once a major resort area, Kaluakoi features a beautiful golf course, condominiums and a defunct hotel.
PAPOHAKU RANCH LANDS An expanse of land above Papohaku Beach has paved roads, utilities and fire hydrants for future houses. It has pheasants, wild turkeys and mongooses roaming in the arid climate.
PAPOHAKU BEACH This two-mile long beach is one of the biggest and most beautiful in Hawaii. Here you will find a beach park with showers, camping and picnic grounds.
DIXIE MARU BEACH This is a tiny beach in a sheltered cove at the end of the road. Dixie Maru is a marvelous place to swim and watch the sunset.
KAIWI CHANNEL 41 miles of treacherous open ocean between Molokai and Oahu is the site of outrigger canoe races. Trade winds blow strong across the channel, driving waves and making conditions choppy.
PENGUIN BANKS Since ancient times, Hawaiians have been fishing this rich undersea shelf that extends 27 miles westward from Hale o Lono Harbor.
HALE O LONO HARBOR translates into "House of Lono." Lono was one of four gods brought to Hawaii by ancient Tahitians. The harbor has a breakwater. This site is the start of Outrigger Canoe Races to Oahu. The women compete in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai race in September, and the men compete in the Molokai Hoe race in October. Teams from 55 countries have competed.
MAUNALOA VOLCANO erupted out of the sea about 1.5 million years ago to form Molokai's West End. The area was known for adze quarries, and holua slides.
MOLOKAI RANCH At this cattle ranch visitors can have all sorts of fun, including an equestrian outing with Hawaii's original cowboys, the Paniolos, or mountain biking on over 100 miles of trails. The Ranch features the Molokai Cultural Center, which is a fantastic museum, plus shoreside camping, and luxurious lodging.
MAUNALOA TOWN is the only town in west Molokai. Dole Plantation left Maunaloa in 1975 after 50 years of pineapple production here. Visitors shop at the General Store, The Big Wind Kite Factory, Dolly Hale, and Blue Nalu, plus eat at restaurants, and catch a movie at the triplex cinema. The town is headquarters for Molokai Ranch.
CHURCH ROW On the Mauka side of the highway across from the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, churchgoers of many denominations have chapels to visit for their Sabbath and other services and events. Visitors are welcome.
ROYAL COCONUT GROVE The Kapuaiwa Grove, planted by King Kamehameha V in the 1860's has over 1000 palm trees. This landmark is one of the few remaining royal coconut groves left in Hawaii.
KAUNAKAKAI TOWN Molokai's main town has barely changed in 100 years. Enjoy a walk on Ala Malama Street where there are shops with unusual souvenirs and restaurants with delicious dishes. On Saturday there is an outdoor market full of wonderful Hawaiian produce and goods. While you are there, be sure to "talk story" with local folks.
BIRTHPLACE OF THE HULA Puunana in Kaana is the historic birthplace of the Hula. A celebration of Hula called Ka Hula Piko occurs here in the third weekend of May when the people of Molokai celebrate this historic legacy. Visitors are welcome!
THE ROUNDUP Advanced boat dive. Open ocean access to a sand spike area. Roundup features a roundup of pelagic species, including tiger sharks, cruising in and out of of giant sand spikes with an amazing plate coral zigarrat.
SAILING CHARTERS Enjoy sailing from the calm lee of Molokai into the Pailolo Channel tradewinds. Visit the North Shore of Molokai, weather permitting, in the summer months. Stop at secluded beaches to snorkel. Go whale watching in the winter months. End your sail with a relaxing sunset cruise. Custom adventures are available on the 33-1/2 foot cat Star Gypsy at (808) 553-4328, or on the 42 foot sloop Satin's Doll at (808) 553 3582.
CAMPING ON MOLOKAI There are two camping sites on Molokai with toilets and showers. One is at Papohaku Beach Park on the West End and the other is at One Alii Park east of Kaunakakai. Bring drinking water. Permits are required. Call (808) 553-3204 for permit information. The State offers camping at Palaau State Park. (808) 567-6923
NENE O MOLOKAI Hawaii's state bird, the Nene or Hawaiian Goose, lives and nests here.
KAUNAKAKAI HARBOR This is a picturesque harbor that features Hawaii's longest wharf. Deep sea fishing expeditions with knowledgeable local captains take visitors out to fish for mahi mahi, marlin, and other big game.
HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS Along the south coast of Molokai there are sixty ancient rock-wall fishponds, the largest of which is over 400 acres. Most were built by Hawaiian aquaculturists 700 to 800 years ago.
OUTER REEF Divers find Molokai's underwater world here to be a magical, pristine paradise. The shallows far offshore are a coral garden ranging to 35 ft. depth, where a wall drops off to 140 ft. Mantas and whitetip reef sharks frequent the wall. The coral gardens have sand channels with green sea turtles and all kinds of Hawaiian fishes.
KAKAHAIA Green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles, known in Hawaii as "Honu", are commonly seen along the South Shore, and so are Hawaiian black-necked stilts in 15 acres of fresh water pond.
OCEAN KAYAKING Molokai offers ocean kayak adventures with or without guides. Trips include Kamalo Reef, Polaau Reef and Kole Camp. Explore secluded beaches, fish ponds, and mangroves. Swim with turtles and snorkel with the fish. Tours may include lunch, beverages, a pick up at your destination or a boat tow home. Call Molokai Fish and Dive at (808) 553-5926 or Molokai Outdoors at (808) 553-4477.
OLD KAMALO WHARF From here there is a great view of Molokai's tallest mountain.
ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH This historic church was built in 1876. A monument of Father Damien honors its founder.
MOLOKAI DAY TRIP FROM MAUI Book a day trip from Maui's Lahaina Harbor to Molokai's Kaunakakai Wharf on the Molokai Princess Ferry. The ferry leaves daily from Slip 3 in Lahaina Harbor at 7:15am and returns from Molokai at 4:00pm. For ferry reservations on Maui call (808) 667-2585. Day trippers can book a day tour with Molokai Outdoors at (808) 553-4477 or toll free at (877) 553-4477. This tour will take you to the Kalaupapa Lookout and Phallic Rock, the Coffees of Hawaii Plantation, the Purdey Macadamia Nut Farm, and the Hotel Molokai for lunch. Then you will visit Our Lady of Sorrows Church and Saint Joseph's Church that are the two remaining churches built by Father Damien in 1874 and 1876. The tour will turn around at Twenty Mile Beach at the 20-mile mark where the road becomes narrow and curvy.
MOLOKAI BARRIER REEF Hawaii's longest continuous coral reef follows the south shore of Molokai for 28 miles.
UALAPUE FISHPOND One of the more impressive ancient fishponds, this one is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SMITH BRONTE LANDING At this site the first commercial plane flight from California to Hawaii ended with a safe crash landing on July 15, 1927. They were headed from Oakland to Honolulu, but ran out of fuel.
KALUAAHA CHURCH This ruin was the first Christian church that was built on Molokai (1835).
ILIILIOPAE HEIAU This Hawaiian temple covers 38,000 square feet and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once a school of sorcery with human sacrifice.
DUNBAR BEACHFRONT COTTAGE To enjoy a real Molokai experience in an ocean-front cottage, in a lush tropical setting with views of Maui and Lanai, call (808) 558-8153.
AIRLINE CONNECTIONS For service to and from Honolulu and Maui contact Island Air at (800) 652-6541, Pacific Wings at (888) 575-4546, George's Aviation at (866) 834-2120, or Molokai Air Shuttle (808) 567-6847.
HALAWA VALLEY DRIVE This 28-mile road runs from Kaunakakai to Halawa Valley, with beautiful photogenic scenery and historic sites all along the way. The second half of this drive is very crooked and the road gets extremely narrow for the last 7 miles. After Twenty Mile Beach the road becomes only one lane, but the drive is worth it for the spectacular scenery. The south coastline has dozens of fishponds dating back centuries. There are deserted beaches, farmlands, and steep mountain slopes all the way to Halawa. However, fill up your gas tank ahead of time, and bring your own drinks and food, as stores are scarce. Be sure to drive slowly around curves. Watch for horses tied up next to the road. Just before you descend into Halawa Valley you will pass through Puu O Haku Ranch on your right side, which has a lodge, a store, and fun amenities, such as horses to ride. Over 2 dozen pair of Nene (Hawaiian Geese) breed on ranch property.
TWENTY MILE BEACH Officially called Murphey's Beach, this beach is one of Molokai's most popular for snorkeling. There is an unusual rocky formation called the Dragon's Tail that extends into the sea. at this beach. The road significantly narrows at this point all the way to Halawa Valley.
PUU O HOKU RANCH The name means “hill of stars.” This ranch has lodging, where you can get supplies before continuing on to Halawa, or you can visit for horseback rides.
Side Two of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map shows close-ups of ‘West End and Maunaloa Town’, ‘Kalaupapa Peninsula’, ‘Kaunakakai Town’, and ‘East End and Halawa Valley’.
Here are the captions from the West End and Maunaloa Town inset on Side Two of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map:
MOOMOMI PRESERVE The Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers lead a monthly hike through the Moomomi Preserve on Molokai's northwest corner. Here you will find a major coastal sand dune ecosystem like no other on earth. Within the dunes you will see rare and endangered native plant species, one of which is found nowhere else in the world. The dunes and shoreline are home to the rare Hawaiian monk seal, the Hawaiian green sea turtle, and numerous native shorebirds and seabirds. For more information contact the Molokai field office of the Nature Conservancy at (808) 553 5236 or visit www.nature.org and follow the links to Molokai.
KALUAKOI GOLF COURSE at the Kaluakoi Resort. This course, known for its incredible views and its roaming deer and game birds, is the only course in Hawaii with five playing holes along the coastline. Call (808) 552-0255 for tee times and information.
SHERATONS, THE SURF SPOT This is Molokai's best known winter wave spot, with big surf in NW to W swells. The waves barrel in toward the west end of Molokai at a Kepuhi Bay.
KALUAKOI RESORT Opened in 1977 on 6700 acres of land, the resort includes a hotel, condos, a restaurant, and an ocean-front golf course. The resort sits in front of little Kepuhi Beach. Just north of the golf course is a tiny beach called Pohakumauliuli, sheltered by a black cinder outcropping. The snorkeling there is excellent. A mile further north there are two more nice sheltered coves for swimming, called Kawakiu Nui and Kawakiu Iki. The large basalt outcropping south of the resort is called Kaiaka Rock. It once had a heiau on top, but weather has since demolished it. Libby's pineapple crop used to be transported to offshore ships here, as is evidenced by a corroded winch and cable car. The beach to the south is Papohaku Beach. It is one of Hawaii's widest and finest sandy beaches.
PAPOHAKU BEACH This 2-mile long, beautiful beach is 100 yards wide at low tide, and is one of Hawaii's best beaches. However, although the water is inviting, offshore currents are treacherous! Be careful not to become a part of the food chain!
PAPOHAKU RANCH LANDS This part of Molokai Ranch has pheasants, wild turkeys and mongooses thriving in Molokai's West End arid climate. This area has a grid of roads, fire hydrants and underground facilities leading to available house lots.
THE LODGE AT MOLOKAI RANCH This upscale hotel is located in the center of 65,000 acres of ranchlands in Maunaloa Town with an excellent restaurant and a wonderful activities center. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the hotel has a second location called THE BEACH VILLAGE AT MOLOKAI RANCH, located behind a locked gate and down a dirt road at Kaupoa Beach. This upscale village offers two-bedroom canvas sided “tentalows” with private baths and first class amenities. This resort is fantastic for the whole family. Call (808) 660-2824 or visit www.molokairanch.com.
HORSEBACK ON MOLOKAI RANCH The ranch has a fully equipped rodeo arena where you can learn rodeo skills. Or you can enjoy the scenic 2-hour Kaana Trail ride. Contact Molokai Cowboy Connection at (808) 552-2900.
HIKING & MOUNTAIN BIKING Molokai Fish and Dive leads hikers on six hikes from novice to advanced starting at the Molokai Ranch Paniolo Camp. (808) 558-8109. Mountain bike excursions are available for any of 100+ miles of trails, including dirt roads and singletrack. Excellent mountain bikes may be rented at the Molokai Ranch Lodge.
BIG GAME HUNTING Axis deer were introduced to Molokai under royal protection by Kamehameha V in January 1868. Polynesian boar and Spanish goats also flourish on the island. Two Molokai game hunters provide a high quality guide service into private lands for bow or rifle hunts. Longtime cowboy Joey Joao of Hawaiian Kine Hunting (808) 336-0095 has access to the 45,000 acres of Molokai Ranch on the West End where hunters may stalk game birds, or axis deer of the original Kamehameha herd, now estimated to be over 10,000 head. Walter Naki (808) 558-8184 takes hunters to several large properties on the lush East End where they hunt for wild boar, Spanish goats, axis deer and game birds. A card certifying the completion of a hunter safety course and a Hawaii State hunting license is required.
TARGET SPORTS The Molokai Ranch Lodge Activities Center offers sporting clays, archery with 3-D big game targets, pellet gun marksmanship and paintball wars. Call (808) 552-0184 in Maunaloa, or (808) 553-5926 in Kaunakakai.
DEER IN YOUR HEADLIGHTS Along Kaluakoi Road in the rangeland of west Molokai there are wild axis deer roaming at night. These Indian deer were given to King Kamehameha V in the 1860's, and the progeny of the herd are still grazing all across Molokai.
THEATERS There is one movie theater on Molokai, a triplex,in Maunaloa Town called Wallace Theaters. Call (808) 552-2707 for movies and show times.
Here are the captions from the Kalaupapa Peninsula inset on Side Two of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map:
KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The site of total isolation for victims of Hansen's Disease (leprosy), who were banished to this peninsula to live out their lives and die from their disease. The National Park Service maintains 8,725 acres of land and 2,000 acres of undersea extending 1/4 mile offshore. The park has the settlements of Kalaupapa and Kalawao, a volcanic crater, rain forest, heiaus, and the powerful Molokai Lighthouse. Established in 1980, this National Park preserves the memories of the victims, touches our souls with the lesson about ignorance and fear of afflicted fellow humans, and respectfully remembers the wonderful, caring humanity of one man - Father Damien. A few residents still live here. Park access is controlled by the Hawaii State Department of Health, which gives entry permits only to people 16 or older. All visitors must be guided by official concessionaires, including Molokai Mule Ride, tel. (800) 567-7550, Damien Tours tel. (808) 567-6171, or other tour operators. Air tours are also available. The Kalaupapa settlement has a museum and gift shop. The natural scenery, especially the views of Molokai's seacliffs, is stunning.
DROPOFF SITE Beginning in 1866, leprosy victims were dropped to this isolated spot, and then had to find their way to Kalawao to fend for themselves. Sufferers were later aided by Father Damien, Brother Dutton, and Mother Marianne.
PHALLIC ROCK Just 200 yds from the Kalaupapa Overlook is the 7 ft. tall Phallic Rock. The male fertility god Nanahoa's wife Kawahuna caught him checking out a young girl who was staring at her own reflection in a pool. The wife attacked the young girl, outraging Nanahoa, who struck his wife. She rolled down the cliff and turned into stone. Then Nanahoa turned into stone himself - as this phallic rock.
KALAUPAPA OVERLOOK A short hike within Palaau State Park leads to a dramatic overlook of Molokai's North Shore. The sea cliffs (pali) rise 1700 ft. straight up. At the foot of the pali is the 4-square mile Kalaupapa Peninsula, created by a lava flow that spewed out of Kauhako Alau Crater. Information plaques at the overlook tell the history of the Kalaupapa Leper Colony, now called Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
AWAHUA BAY At the bottom of the Trail the views of the bay and Molokai's North Shore are breathtaking. This scenery marks the entry to Kalaupapa Town.
KUKUIOHAPAPUU TRAIL 3 miles of trail with 26 switchbacks and over 1200 irregular stair steps was hand-carved in 1907 by Manuel Farinha, a Portuguese immigrant who hung from ropes draped over the cliff to do the job. Only official tours, such as Molokai Mule Ride, tel. (800) 567-7550 or Damien Tours tel. (808) 567-6171 may bring visitors into the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. You may hike, ride a mule or fly in. The views are incredible.
Here are the captions from the Kaunakakai Town inset on Side Two of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map:
KAUNAKAKAI TOWN Molokai's main town has barely changed in 100 years. Enjoy a walk on Ala Malama Avenue where there are shops with unusual local souvenirs and restaurants with delicious dishes. Go to Friendly Market, Mrs. K's Concession, Imamura's Store, Molokai Pizza Cafe, Kanemitsu's Bakery, Outpost Natural Foods, and Pascua's General Store. At the harbor go to Molokai Ice House, where you can get the best sashimi, poke, and lomi ahi in all of Hawaii. Molokai Fish and Dive, which provides activities and rentals, is located downtown, as is Molokai Outdoors. On Saturday there is an outdoor market full of wonderful Hawaiian produce and goods. Be sure to "talk story" with the local folk if you get a chance.
HOTEL MOLOKAI'S HULA SHORES RESTAURANT Molokai does not claim to be a culinary destination, nor is it interested in becoming one! There are just a few local style restaurants on the island and most of them are located in the Kaunakakai town. However, the Hotel Molokai's Hula Shores Restaurant is the exception. This oceanfront restaurant offers cocktails and excellent food with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with daily specials.
HOTEL MOLOKAI Molokai's biggest hotel is just two miles past the Kaunakakai wharf and 15 minutes from the airport. Hotel Molokai offers spacious Polynesian-style bungalows with an oceanfront restaurant. Ohana Concierges is the hotel's own activities desk. It also has a gift shop, and nightly Hawaiian-style entertainment. Aloha Friday begins at 4pm with a song fest featuring the island Kupuna or old timers playing in the real old Hawaiian style. (808) 553-5347 or www.hotelmolokai.com
KALOKOELI FISHPOND Built between 700 and 800 years ago, this is one of Molokai's finest ancient Hawaiian fishponds.
DEEP SEA FISHING Molokai boasts some of the best fishing grounds in all of Hawaii. Ask about the Penguin Banks, the South Shore barrier reef, and, weather permitting, the "Backside" or North Shore with its scenic sea cliffs. Three experienced charter boat skippers offer full, three-quarter, or half day charters to hunt for several varieties of marlin and tuna, plus mahimahi, ono (wahoo), and barracuda. Contact: Fun Hogs Sportfishing, Capt. Mike Holmes at (808) 567-6789; or Alyce C. Sportfishing, Capt. Joe Reich at (808) 558-8377; or Molokai Action Adventures, Capt. Walter Naki at (808) 558-8184.
FOOD ISSUES! Molokai businesses close their doors early. That's just the way it is. The streets of Kaunakakai are usually empty after about 5:30pm. The only supermarket on the island, Kaunakakai's Friendly Market,is open from 8:30am to 8:30pm, Mon. - Fri., 8:30am to 6:30pm on Saturday, and closed Sundays. Visitors have been known to fly in, drive to their lodging and then realize that all of the stores on Molokai are closed! When on Molokai, plan ahead for your food, water and beverage needs.
TAXIS There is only one Taxi Company on Molokai! So if you need a taxi, call Erman or Juliana Tancayo at Hele Mai Taxi, (808) 336-0967. Dassit!
FARMERS MARKET One of the social highlights of the week on Molokai is the Saturday farmers market along Ala Malama Ave. between the two service stations from 7am until early afternoon. Be sure to go early to compete for fresh farm produce, flowers and locally made handicrafts.
MALAMA CULTURAL PARK This was King Kamehameha V's homesite, and is now a favorite park for Molokai residents.
RAWLINS CHEVRON The ultimate one-stop shop for gas, an oil change, a tire rotation, a gallon of milk or juice, a 23" color TV, and souvenirs.
Here are the captions from the East End and Halawa Valley inset on Side Two of Franko’s Molokai Guide Map:
HALAWA VALLEY Located at the end of the road on the East End of Molokai, this is one of Hawaii's true natural wonders. Halawa was one of the first communities to be established by the original Polynesian voyagers who came from the Marquesas Islands in the 7th Century. A self- sustaining community built homes, temples, terraces, and taro patches complete with a water system that existed until several modern day disasters hit the area. Some families left the valley after the 1946 tidal wave wiped out houses along the shoreline and inundated the lower taro patches with salt. But the major blow was a 1964 flash flood that destroyed much of the remaining taro infrastructure. The local families were either too old or too young to repair the damage. Many left to find work and a new life outside of the valley. Today family members are returning to restore the taro in the valley. Fees from a cultural hike into the valley go to this project.
MOAULA FALLS The falls and its beautiful swimming hole are the destination of your cultural hike into Halawa Valley. Permission to hike to visit the waterfalls is obtained by contacting the Halawa Valley Cooperative at (808) 553-9803. Legend states that a giant lizard or “Moo” lives in the deep pool at the base of Moaula Falls. Before swimming, drop a ti leaf into the pool. If the leaf floats, it is safe to swim. If it sinks, the Moo will not tolerate any disturbance and swimming is dangerous. The larger and less accessible falls in the valley is Hipuapua Falls.
Molokai's EAST END Molokai's highest mountains formed the east end of the island. Here the moisture-laden trade winds create a lush tropical environment that is in deep contrast with the dry west end of the island. At the 20 mile marker on Hwy 450, the road narrows down to a curvy one lane paved road from here to Halawa Valley. A hiking trail begins at Halawa Valley and continues through private property toward the valley's pair of famous waterfalls - Moaula Falls and Hipuapua. The drive to Halawa Valley is spectacular, the hike is even more spectaular.
HIKING IN HALAWA VALLEY Halawa Valley is private property. Permission to hike into the valley or to visit the waterfalls is required. A high quality cultural tour is offered daily at 9:15am. Contact the Halawa Valley Cooperative at (808) 553-9803 for information or to book reservations. Bring water, mosquito repellant, and good hiking shoes. Park and meet your guide at the Halawa Beach Park pavillion. Expect a moderate one-and-a-quarter hour hike up muddy trails and across the river past ancient Hawaiian rock work to a fantastic lookout point and to the natural swimming pool at Moalua Falls. Tours can also be arranged at the Hotel Molokai, Molokai Fish and Dive, Molokai Outdoors, or Molokai Ranch Lodge. Highly recommended.
HALAWA BEACH PARK A river exits Halawa Valley and creates a boulder jetty with two grey sand-curved beaches on either side. As you look down from the road, the smaller more sheltered beach further away is Kamaalaea Beach. A boat-launching ramp is located there. The larger and more exposed beach is Kawili Beach. Swimming can be safe near the shore in the summer time, but there are no lifeguards. In the winter months the surf can be huge and should be ridden by experts only. Maui County maintains a small pavilion with restrooms and a shower. Do not drink the water.
HALAWA BAY There is a gorgeous beach at the mouth of Molokai's magnificent Halawa Valley. This is where some of the original visitors to Hawaii first landed. The drive there is beautiful and well worth the effort.
KULEANA GARDEN TOURS Visit a working Flower Plantation in Halawa Valley and see a variety of over 100 gingers, heleconias, and other tropical flowers. Open daily from 10am to 4pm. Follow the signs near the church and introduce yourself to Kalani. Here you can enjoy incredible island smoothies made with papaya and banana and secret citrus. (808) 336-1149
PUU O HOKU RANCH 14,000 acres of ranch in Molokai's lush and green east end is located off the 25 mile marker of Hwy. 450. This lodge and retreat has a private setting including equestrian facilities, kitchens, a pool, and beautiful scenery for patrons to escape from the real world. (808) 558-8109
MOKU HOONIKI ROCK This island and smaller Kahana Rock are cinder cones which were used during WWII for bombing practice. Today they are seabird sanctuaries, off-limits to visitors due to unexploded warheads still littering the islands.
SCUBA DIVING Dive boats from Molokai Fish and Dive visit pristine sites at Molokai's east end, although wind, waves, currents, and distance make these advanced dive sites rarely dived. They are unique and superb. PINNACLE is often called FISH BOWL. Its main feature is a huge pinnacle, the top of which is bowl-shaped. This is often a drift dive, with lava boulders, corals, and ledges. The are many invertebrates, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, and hammerheads. FISH RAIN's water column is filled with fish, including domino damselfish. HOLE IN THE WALL is named for an above-water hole in the islet. It features rare long nose hawk fish and tinker's butterflyfish. A military missile sits in the sand at 100' depth. THE COVE is a protected half-circle cove. It is a night dive with lobsters, Spanish dancers, and antler coral. Other dives include CAVERNS, and THE ABYSS. There is much yet to be discovered here.