Physical Characteristics — Geography
Scientists say the island's birth happened some two million years ago when the eastern and western shield volcanoes linked together forming a fertile plain that today makes up the bulk of the island.
Molokai's west end is dry with rolling hills, sand dunes, natural pastures and a massive three mile long white sand beach — the longest in the state.
East and North Molokai feature craggy, narrow valleys clothed in a velvet of green mosses and ferns and the world's highest sea cliffs plunging into the raging Pacific. The south-central area is relatively wet with scented pine forests and tangled bamboo thickets.
The sunny south shore is rimmed by over 28 miles of white sand beach while a barrier reef protects the shoreline for sheltered year-round swimming.