Week In-stagram Review Molokai

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Week In-stagram Review Molokai

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Tourism in Hawaii is one of the main industries – unless you are on Molokai Island.  The saying “One of these is not like the other” kept running through my head my first few days on Molokai as it’s nothing like its other island siblings – and of course – that’s why I loved it.  I spent my last week on the “Friendly Island” soaking up the culture and sun of Hawaii on the little and relatively unknown island of Molokai. 

There’s only 1 hotel and 2 liquor licenses on the whole island to put things in perspective.  Tourism seems sort of like an afterthought there – but don’t take that to mean there isn’t anything to do.  There’s plenty to do if you are looking for a relaxing cultural holiday.  It’s home to the tallest sea cliffs in the world, miles of empty beautiful white sand beaches, waterfalls hikes, and and you can visit the old leper colony of Kalaupapa, now a National Historic Park.

This week was full of photography and adventures – hiking, kayaking, cultural presentations, hot bread runs, mule riding, and a few history lessons.  However, the most important part of my week was meeting the people and families of Molokai.  There’s a lot to this island if you just slow down, listen, and be willing to talk story.


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I love a place so slowed down and unpopulated that grass grows in the middle of the road.
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The view from my lanai at the one hotel on the island. So basically i have the best hotel view on the entire island. Lucky
Molokai Island Kalaupapa
Molokai Kalaupapa lookout. Tomorrow i go to the bottom on mules – expecting it to be quite the journey!
Molokai Island
The west end of Molokai is the dry side of the island. Spent the day driving around the beautiful and empty beaches.

Things to do on Lanai – not your typical Hawaiian island

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Cheesecake with fresh mango sauce. Oh so worth it at Hotel Molokai!
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The ancient Hawaiians were aware that without breath there was no life so they adopted a greeting when meeting each other called Ha – meaning breath of life. Foreheads and noses together and inhale. Better and more meaningful than a handshake!
Things to Do on Molokai Island
Shady bread. Do the hot bread run after 9 pm in #Molokai – go down a back alley behind the town bakery and order your loaf of Hawaiian sweet bread with fillings like cinnamon and butter for $7. Sometimes the best things are the hardest to get to – or in this case – find.
Molokai island mule ride
The mule ride to the remote village of Kalaupapa was a nail-biting 2-hour ride descending the tallest sea cliffs in the world. What an adventure!
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Molokai sunset – pretty in pink.
Molokai island waterfall
If you were in Molokai this weekend you could take a swim in a waterfall. Sound tempting? Our Halawa Valley hike ended here for a dip. Wish all hikes had this ending!
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She told me she used to come to this spot as a young girl and practice her hula and oli (a chant of long phrases in a single breath) here. It was great practice to try to raise her volume against the power of the wind gusting up the valley. Not to mention that it is a stunning and moving view.
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I love hidden beach trails like this. It leads to Papohaku Beach in Molokai. A huge and practically empty white sand beach

What is Week In-Stagram Review?

Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am in real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.


Disclosure:  I was a guest of Molokai Tourism during my time on the island.  However, all opinions here are my own.

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