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The HAWAII Magazine Guide to Visiting Molokai



Rental cars

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.

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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].

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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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