Get Inspired to Visit Molokai
Molokai is full of exceptional, natural beauty offering a glimpse into times long past with an undisturbed rural landscape and rich history. Often called “The Friendly Isle” for its welcoming residents, Molokai has a slower pace than the other Hawaiian islands. Getting into a “Molokai state-of-mind” encourages travelers to relax, drink in the lush landscape and immerse yourself in the crystal waters. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world and the longest continuous fringing reef. It is truly an island of aloha and adventure.
Hawaiian culture is at the forefront
History’s roots run deep on Molokai where Hawaii’s past comes alive. A high percentage of its residents are Native Hawaiians, and they maintain a strong connection to Hawaiian culture thanks to their love of the land. Visitors to Molokai will find no traffic lights or shopping malls and zero skyscrapers blocking out the blue skies. What they will discover is simple, untouched beauty and friendly residents. Visitors truly seeking peace will embrace the simple pleasures offered by this island paradise.
It is said to be the birthplace of hula
Molokai legend states that the art of hula got its start at Kaana near the present-day town of Maunaloa. One of the most valued parts of Hawaiian culture, dancing hula is a way for Hawaiians to pass down stories and convey emotion. Every chant and dance tells the story of their history. Each May, some of the best dancers in Molokai gather together to celebrate this personification of the aloha spirit at the Molokai Ka Hula Piko Festival.
Start your voyage on a Molokai helicopter tour
The MOLOKAI VOYAGE is a Hawaiian adventure that lets you explore the beauty and scenery of two Hawaiian Islands.
Key highlights include:
- The world’s highest sea cliffs
This Hawaiian adventure starts with a journey to the world’s tallest sea cliffs on Molokai. These incredible sea cliffs are among the highest in the world, stretching 3,000 feet above sea level. Molokai’s sea cliffs are located on the remote, north side of the island making them difficult to reach from the ground. Helicopter tours, such as the Molokai Voyage are one of the best ways to see the inaccessible areas of Molokai including a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the cliffs.
- Awe-inspiring waterfalls
High sea cliffs bring significant waterfalls. If there’s been consistent rainfall you’ll see some spectacular falls on your Hawaiian helicopter tour. You’ll soar above breathtaking waterfalls like Kahiwa Falls located on the northern shore of the island of Molokai, between Wailua and Papalaua valleys.
- Ancient Fish Ponds and Fringing Reef
Molokai is also home to Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef and many well-preserved fishponds located along its southern coast. Dating back to the early 13th century, almost 800 years ago, these ancient fish ponds are one of the Hawaiians’ greatest engineering innovations. Natural “finger” coral and stony coral harbor honu (green sea turtles), Hawaiian monk seals and a swirling rainbow of reef fish are all staples of these ancient fish ponds.
- Elephant Rock
This rock formation’s ancient Hawaiian name is Mokuhooniki, literally meaning “pinch island” but when seen from above you can make out why it got its popular nickname “Elephant Rock.” Located to the north of Molokai this visually amazing islet resembles the shape of an elephant with a trunk, ear, body, tail and all.
Next on the multi-island expedition is a flight over Maui where you’ll get intimate views of the western portion of the island including the famous Iao Valley State Park. More waterfalls await including the tallest waterfall on the island, Honokohau Falls. Distant views of the dormant volcano, Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains including possible views of the “Wall of Tears” round out the experience.
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