Sights and Attractions

Ancient Hawaiian Fish Ponds

The Hawaiians were among the first to practise active aquaculture and on Molokai there are 62 ancient shoreline fishponds constructed from rock walls to hold back the sea, the largest of which encompassing over 400 acres.

Damien Churches

Damien Church
Damien Church
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Nestled in the east end of Molokai are St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, two churches designed and built by Father Damien. St. Philomenas church, also built by the Belgian priest, is considered the most significant structure in Kalaupapa National Historic Park.

Barrier Reef

Find a high spot in the hills and look down upon the pristine, 28-mile coral reef — one of the only barrier reefs north of Australia.

Coffee Plantation

Molokai coffee's offers complimentary coffee on a shady porch and make sure to take the fun and informative tour through the plantation.

Halawa Valley

Halawa Valley
Halawa Valley
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One of the world's great wilderness regions, Halawa Valley, is the eastern-most of the amphitheatre-style lush valleys of this remote north coast and the only one accessible by road.

Iliiliopae Heiau

Over 320 feet long and and 120 feet wide, this is one of Hawaii's largest heiau. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you can visit this site by foot, on horseback or by wagon ride. Contact Molokai Horse and Wagon Ride.

Kaana

Visit the birthplace of Laka, the goddess of hula, and join the people of Molokai in celebrating this historic legacy at Ka Hula Piko. A celebration of the birth of Hula on Molokai takes place on the third weekend in May.

Kakahaia Pond

An inland ancient fishpond, this historic site is now a wetland bird sanctuary.

Kalaupapa

Designated a National Historical Park, this isolated community can be visited by mule train, by hiking three miles on the 26 switch back cliff side trail or by air. Book in advance with Molokai Mule Ride or Damien Tours.

Kamakou

Site of the Nature Conservancy's 2,700 acre Kamakou Preserve, hike among over 250 indigenous plants and native birds at the highest elevation on Molokai — 4,970 feet. Take an off-road trip or view the volcano from the south shore. Contact the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii or Molokai Off-Road Tours & Taxi.

Kamalo Wharf

This is one of Molokai's best natural harbours and was used for centuries before most of the island's commerce moved to Kaunakakai.

Kaluaaha Church

Looking like a fortress with its tiny slit windows and three-foot thick plastered walls, this was the first Christian church on Molokai.

Kapuaiwa Grove

Planted for Kamehameha V in the 1860s, this is one of the last of the royal coconut groves.

Kaunakakai

Kaunakakai
Kaunakakai
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Virtually unchanged since the early 1900s. The main town is an eclectic collection of quaint shops and restaurants.

Kaunakakai Wharf

The wharf is a favourite stroll extending more than a mile from shore and provides an excellent view of the island. The remains of Kamehameha V's summer house is near the canoe halau (house).

Kawela

This area was a scene of tragedy and triumph in Molokai's history, the battleground where Kamehameha I totally vanquished the warriors of Molokai on his way to conquering Oahu. Nearby is a puuhonua, a temple of refuge, where the defeated could find sanctuary.

Kualapuu

Once an active pineapple plantation town, Kualapuu is now surrounded by fields of coffee.

Macadamia Nut Farm

You can walk through a working grove and taste fresh picked nuts from Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nut Farm.

Malama Cultural Park

A great place to explore the gardens or watch the outrigger canoe crews practice.

Maunaloa

An old plantation town, now the headquarters for Molokai Ranch's working cattle ranch, rodeo arena, campgrounds and Molokai Lodge & Beach Village.

R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, tour the restored sugar mill and historical exhibits.

Moaula Falls

Moaula Falls
Moaula Falls
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An impressive, silver cascade of water spilling 250 feet at the end of Halawa Valley. For more information about the hike to the falls contact Halawa Falls Cultural Hike.

Nene Facility

Learn about Hawaii's endangered state bird, the Nene or Hawaiian goose, at this unique breeding facility — Nene O Molokai.

Octopus Rock

A stone stands opposite to Kupeke Fishpond where the road turns sharply inland. Legend has it that this is the rocky remainder of a cave where a supernatural octopus lived and that the stone has special powers.

Palaau State Park

This 34-acre retreat is surrounded with growths of aromatic eucalyptus, ironwood, cypress and paper bark trees, an enchanting wilderness walk.

Pali Coast
Pali Coast
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Pali Coast

Molokai's north shore is an unspoiled, wild place that remains hidden from the outside world. Accessible by water or air, this 14 mile section of coast is the most spectacular and isolated land in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Contact Maa Hawaii-Molokai Action Adventures for tours by boat.

Phallic Rock

In ancient times it was looked upon as a symbol of fertility. Although found on all the islands, this has been fashioned by human hands and may be the best example remaining in the archipelago(Kauleonanahoa).

Sandalwood Pit

A hand dug trench 100 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 7 feet deep, this pit resembles the cargo hold of an 1800s ship. The pit was used to measure a shipload of precious sandalwood. Contact Molokai Off-Road Tours & Taxis.

Tooth Rock

As you round the corner after mile 20 you'll come upon a rock that resembles a tooth. Molokai people believe that it is a bell stone, where you could hit it at a certain spot with another stone and it would resonate loud and clear. It is also known as the whispering rock, if you whispered and asked it the right question, the rock would whisper back your answer.

Ualapue Fishpond

On the National Register of Historic Places, this is just one of numerous fishponds still visible today.

Waialua

This is where Kamehameha I was raised solely on taro leaves so that fishbones would not choke him. A rock by the road is said to have had an ear that could hear an enemy approaching and protect the future king from harm.