Aloha Molokai

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When I told people in Maui I was heading to Moloka’i, a small island off Maui, for a week they were puzzled as to what I would do on the island for a week, insisting I only needed two days.

 

 I guess I would find out.

 hotel molokai

As soon as I arrived at Hotel Moloka’i I knew things would be different. Moloka’i isn’t about having a luxe vacation. Don’t expect 5-star restaurants but enjoy that you can wear flip flops to dinner. Things are more laid-back and casual. This really is the Most Hawaiian Island.

Although I have never been to Hawaii before it seems that Moloka’i must be like how the other islands were before all the tourism. There are only 7000 people living on the island and it can be described in one word.

 

Chill.

 

Molokai Beach

You can be on a beautiful beach and the only footprints you see are your own.

 

phallic rock

Go see the famous phallic rock.

 

coconut trees

Hang out in coconut grove.

 

waterfall

You can hike and not hate it!

I am so excited to share my week in Moloka’i with you. But let’s keep it our little secret because Moloka’i is special and I want to keep it that way.

 

 

Disclosure: I was the guest of the Moloka’i Visitors Bureau but they did not request that I write a positive review or discover how wonderful this island is and how much it has to offer tourists.

 

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  1. Hard as a Rock?

    Is that Rock Happy to See You, or…?

    Ok, lame. I’ll stop.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Not lame, keep going!

  2. Ayngelina,

    I love your photos of Molokai. I always wanted to visit Molokai, that coconut grove photo is gorgeous, and the beach, with no foot prints, very appealing.

  3. Torre – Fearful Adventurer says:

    Ooooh. Lovely. I’m reading a book called Moloka’i at the moment. 🙂 Gorgeous pics.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Ahh well then you will love my upcoming post as I write about that area.

  4. Eugenie says:

    Nice!!!!!

  5. John of Travel Rinse Repeat says:

    Looks like a pleasant place to get away from the crowds on the other islands.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I have yet to see a crowd here. It could be impossible.

  6. Your photos are wondrous, Ayngelina!! I know nothing about this island, so I’m looking forward to more descriptions of your adventures. 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      This place is like no other I have seen, so beautiful yet undeveloped.

  7. I’ve heard of Moloka’i and have wanted to visit since seeing the island in the distance while sun bathing in Maui as a kid! I was always under the impression it’s expensive since it’s not so geared for tourists (thankfully)! Is that true?
    Lucky you.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      If anything I would say it’s cheaper than Maui for tourists. There are no tourist restaurants because there are only a handful of places to eat and most of the sites are free and you just need to drive to them.

      I met a couple who came for their wedding, they had never been there before. They said the photography, officiant was inexpensive and they rented a condo.

  8. I’ve been to Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island but unfortunately I haven’t been to Molokai. The first thing anyone in Hawaii ever told me about Molokai was about the former leper colony (of course that was from a tourist who went to visit it by mule). Is that still a big tourist attraction there or do most people go for the serene beaches?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      There is a former colony there, I’m about to write about it.

      I wouldn’t say it’s a big tourist attraction at all, if you are a tourist you run into all the others because there aren’t many here which makes it so fantastic.

  9. Katrina says:

    Wow, sounds like my kind of place! I love slow, quiet travel. Spectacular flashy things can be fun for a day or, at most, two. Quiet and nature, though? Heaven! It’s on my list now, thanks!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      There are no traffic lights here, enough said 🙂

  10. dtravelsround says:

    I have never even been to Hawaii, but this little island seems like an absolute slice of heaven. I’m pretty sure I would love to just hang out in a coconut grove all day!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I saw people camping there, I would do it but you know how I feel about camping.

  11. Beautiful photos! I love the one of coconut grove. Looks like a fantastic and quiet location to enjoy.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      The whole place is quiet, I don`t even know if anyone honks their horn – definitely not for traffic.

  12. *Sigh.* It looks awesome. I really need to get back to Hawaii!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Wait until you see Lanaì!

  13. Kieu ~ GQ trippin says:

    So.. Gerard and I are heading to Hawaii in August for a wedding in Oahu. Literally just read your post and turned to G and ask, can we go to Molokai? He said.. “is that in Malaysia?” LOL. *sigh* I’m desperate for something “chill” so I’m putting it on the map! 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You MUST go to Maui, Moloka’i and I’m also writing about Lana’i soon. These are the smaller islands, less developed and if you want chill this is where you get it.

  14. Molokai looks like a little piece of heaven on earth. I always love wondering what places must’ve been like a hundred years ago, thousands of years ago, or before becoming heavily populated.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Exactly! In a lot of ways I think people come to the other islands in Hawaii thinking it will look like this and then are surprised to see Wal-Mart

  15. That just whispers “relax”.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It’s amazing, and incredible that no one really knows about this place.

      1. Matt Gibson says:

        I met a few others who have been there on trips recently. It sounds really cool. Will you be writing more about it? My interest is piqued.

        1. Ayngelina Author says:

          There is SO much to write about Moloka’i. I have seven days here and will definitely be writing more. Also I’m heading to Lana’i and it’s a small island as well.

  16. This is amazing. This place is truly beautiful. I didn’t know there was so much to discover here. The spotlight is mostly over the other islands.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I haven`t been to the other islands yet but I definitely see how Maui is perfect because you can get visit some great things there and the two smaller islands – Lanaì and Molokaì are so close to visit in one holiday.

  17. Christopher says:

    Incredible photos!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      The scenery here is really wonderful, it’s hard not to take a bad photo.

  18. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy says:

    Wow, that does sound like paradise. Sometimes there’s nothing better than just relaxing for days in a beautiful setting.

  19. Wow. That’s the only word I can think of to describe this post.

  20. thetravellingmom says:

    Love your photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Molokai after having the pleasure of taking in four other Hawaiian islands over the years. Enjoy!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh you must go then! It is so different from Lana’i and Maui, definitely has its own unique vibe.

  21. I’m loving that coconut grove picture! I miss the beach so much. I need to recharge ASAP.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It’s definitely the right place to do it.

  22. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    I would definitely want a week to enjoy a place like this.

  23. I’ve heard of this place but had no idea it was so pretty and quiet. We only went to Maui in Hawaii and I feel like we missed out on so much. Definitely have to go back (and stay in that hotel – beautiful!)

  24. Christy @ Technosyncratic says:

    Cool palm tree photo! And I love waterfalls so much that I’m even willing to hike to get to them. 🙂

  25. Raymond @ Man On The Lam says:

    I’ve been to Honolulu, and it was great, but in a busy, brand name shopping kind of way. This is much more up my alley though…

  26. Love that photo of coconut grove! Looks like a great spot to chill out for a week or two!

  27. Leslie (Downtown Traveler) says:

    Looks beautiful and so relaxing! Would love to check out this little island one day 🙂

  28. Love it! Want to visit!

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