Physical Characteristics — Geography

Molokai is the fifth largest Hawaiian island, its western tip a mere 22 miles from Oahu. Molokai is about 38 miles long and 10 miles wide and has over 88 miles of pristine coastline. Nowhere on the island are you further than five miles from the ocean.

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.