There are many things that set Molokai apart from the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. As the rest of state accommodates tall buildings and expansive resorts, Molokai has remained charming and quaint, with no buildings taller than a coconut tree. One of the things that makes Molokai a distinctive Hawaiian island are its people. Nearly half the population are of Hawaiian ancestry. They are warm, friendly, down-to-earth imbibing the Aloha Spirit in everything they do. Visitors are treated with genuine Hawaiian warmth and hospitality.
Molokai is composed of acres of ranch land, unspoiled coastlines and pristine beaches. The concept of island time is well maintained here, as the natural beauty of the place provides a sanctuary of pure tranquility.
Getting around Moloka’i is easy. The highway crosses the island from east end to west end with a couple of roads that branch off for short distances. It’s almost impossible to get lost.
About Molokai – Data
- Location – In the heart of the Hawaiian Islands. 26 (42km)miles southeast of Oahu and 8 (13km) Miles west of Maui with Lanai 10 (16km) miles directly south.
- Size – 261 square miles (676 square kilometers) About 37 miles long (60 km) and 10 (16km) miles wide.
- Shape – Three seperate volcanoes created the island. Kamakou, in the east is the tallest with a peak elevation of 4970 feet (1813 meters). Maunaloa in the west rises to only 1381 feet (503 meters). A third, smaller volcano created the kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore.
- Population – About 8000. The majority live in Kaunakakai, the largest town, which is located on the south shore about in the middle of the island.
- Ethnicity – 45% Hawaiian or Hawaiian ancestry. 25% Filipino. 30% everyone else including Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, Black, Samoan, Tongan and others.
About Molokai – Weather & Climate
Molokai weather is wonderful year round, with temperatures averaging about 75°F and rarely going 6 or 7 degrees above or below.. In winter (Dec. thru Mar.), the night time temeratures may drop to the lower 60s and you’re more likely to experience a rainy day.
Spring, summer and fall are all very similar with warm days (up to 85°F) cooled by the trade winds and pleasant evenings in the mid to lower 70s. However, on those days when the trade winds are calm, the heat and humidity will both rise a notch or two.