The center of Molokai is also the center of local life on this, the most Hawaiian of islands. You'll arrive at Molokai Airport in Hoolehua, where you can tour a macadamia nut farm (Hawaii grows the majority of the world's macadamia nuts), tour the 500-acre Coffees of Hawaii's coffee farm or stop in to the Hoolehua Post Office to mail home a coconut (you just provide the postage).

Then head south to Molokai's main town of Kaunakakai, where the tallest point is the church steeple. Go on a fishing or boating adventure from Kaunakakai harbor or explore the local shops and historic landmarks.

Along the north coast of Central Molokai is the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula, home to the historic Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Inaccessible by car, you can hike or take a mule ride along 1,700-foot sheer cliffs to reach this peaceful outpost or you can view it from the 1,000-foot elevations of scenic Palaau State Park.

Central, Molokai Highlights:

  • Kaunakakai, Molokai - Kaunakakai, Molokai's main town on its southern coast, features historic landmarks, the state's longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.
  • Hawaiian Fishponds of Molokai - Molokai has many well-preserved Hawaiian fishponds along 20 miles of its south shore, most built 700-800 years ago.
  • Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, Molokai - Located in Kaunakakai, Kapuaiwa Coconut Beach Park is one of Molokai's most recognizable natural landmarks.
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Molokai - Take a memorable mule ride from 1,700 feet to the seaside Kalaupapa National Historical Park, one of the most remote settlements in Hawaii.