The HAWAII Magazine Guide to Visiting Molokaiby: John Heckathorn
posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 02:27 PM
Alamo Car Rentals is located at Molokai Airport [888-826-6893].
Island Kine Car Rentals will meet you at the airport and take you to their facility in Kaunakakai [877-553-5242].
We found renting a four-wheel drive helpful, but not absolutely necessary since Molokai’s main roads are in good repair.
Where to Stay
Molokai has one hotel, the Hotel Molokai, located on a small beach outside the main town of Kaunakakai. The hotel has 53 recently renovated rooms, located in two-story bungalows, five of which are oceanfront. The hotel has neither elevators nor air conditioning, though the bungalows are situated to catch the cooling tradewinds.
The hotel’s oceanside Hula Shores restaurant is one of Molokai’s major gathering places, with entertainment nightly, especially on Friday night when Na Kupuna, the elders of Molokai, gather for a local style evening of music and hula. [Kamehameha V Highway, Mile Marker 2, Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5347]
Other than that there are condos, bed and breakfasts and house rentals available. Your best source of information is the Molokai Visitors Association [800-800-6367].
We had a good experience at a well-maintained condo project called Molokai Shores, just outside Kaunakai on four acres of oceanfront property. Individual units vary, however. [Highway 450, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, 800-992-4023]
Where to Eat
Molokai is not a famed dining destination. In addition to the Hula Shores at Hotel Molokai, we’d recommend Paddlers’ Inn [10 Mohala St, Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5256] and the rustic Kualapuu Cookhouse [102 Farrington Road, Kualapuu, (808) 567-9655].
For breakfast or a quick meal, there’s Kanemitsu Bakery & Restaurant, which is also famous for selling hot fresh-baked Molokai bread with fixings, from a back alley door starting at 9 p.m. most evenings [79 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5855].
If you’d like to eat where many locals eat, there’s Molokai Drive In [15 Kamoi St., Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5655].
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