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Introduction

Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai, Hawaii

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Molokai is one of the islands that make up the US state of Hawaii and is the 5th largest island of the Hawaii islands chain.

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Geography

Molokai is built from two distinct shield volcanoes known as East Molokaʻi and the much smaller West Molokai. The highest point is Kamakou on East Molokai, at 1,510 metres. East Molokai volcano, like the Koolau Range on Oahu, is today only what remains standing of the southern half of the original mountain. The northern half suffered a catastrophic collapse about 1.5 million years ago and now lies as a debris field scattered northward across the Pacific Ocean bottom, while what remains on the island are the highest sea cliffs in the world. Views of these sea cliffs are presented in the movie Jurassic Park III. The south shore of Molokaʻi boasts the longest fringing reef in the U.S. and its holdings, 40 kilometres long. Molokai is part of the state of Hawaii and located in Maui County, except for the Kalaupapa Peninsula, which is separately administered as Kalawao County. Maui County encompasses Maui, Lanai, and Kahoʻolawe in addition to Molokai. The largest town on the island is Kaunakakai, which is one of two small ports on the island. Molokai Airport is located on West Molokai. Molokai is separated from Oahu on the west by the Kaiwi Channel, from Maui on the southeast by the Pailolo Channel, and from Lānaʻi on the south by the Kalohi Channel.

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Towns/Villages

  • Kaunakakai
  • Kualapuu
  • Maunaloa
  • Kalaupapa

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Weather

Molokai is a popular destination among people looking for great weather. There are however differences throughout the year and even between parts of the island. The southwestern parts are generally much drier compared to the northeastern parts of the island. Most of the rain falls between November and March.
It is quite unusual for tropical islands to have the wettest time of year coincide with the slightly cooler months. Oddly enough, the possibility of a tropical storm or even a hurricane is higher from May to November, opposite to the wetter months. Still, such storms are less frequent compared to for example the Caribbean or west Pacific.
Temperatures are highest between July and October, around 28 °C during the day and around 24 °C at night. The other months are still nice and warm, between 24 °C and 27 °C during the day and around 20 °C at night.

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Getting There

By Plane

Molokai Airport (MKK) offers flights to/from Honolulu and Kahului Airport on Maui with Mokulele Airlines and Island Air. The latter airline also flies to/from Maui's Kapalua Airport and the island of Lanai. Pacific Wings offers flights to/from Honolulu as well.

By Boat

Molokai Ferry has ferries between Maui and Molokai.

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Getting Around

By Plane

There are flights between Molokai Airport and the small airport at Kalaupapa in the north of the island.

By Car

If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you reserve your car before arriving. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Just google the web and you'll find loads of them. Rental companies offering cars include Hertz, Avis, Alamo and Thrifty.

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