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MOLOKAI

Molokai may be just a fifteen-minute flight from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, but the “Most Hawaiian Island” is far away in time, steeped in the spirituality of its Polynesian past.

It’s no wonder that Molokai has long been a favorite retreat for ur­ban refugees who seek escape from the banes of contemporary life— crowds, traffic jams, noise and pol­lution. From the moment you land at the tiny airport, you’ll be immersed in a lifestyle that says, “Don’t be up­tight, take it easy.”

Airline personnel, baggage han­dlers and tour drivers wave to each other as they come and go, some­times pausing to “talk story.” This friendly, easygoing manner is what local people call “Hawaiian style,” and you’ll experience it everywhere you go on Molokai. It’s literally in their blood. Nearly half of the island’s population of 7,000 are either full-blooded or part Hawaiian, the high­est percentage in the state with the exception of privately owned Ni’ihau.

On Molokai, making friends and gaining a renewed respect for nature is easy. It is a 260-square-mile island of sheer beauty that can overwhelm the senses: the world’s highest sea cliffs rising 3,300 feet from the ocean to the clouds; dramatic coastlines lined with deep valleys, fragrant for­ests and singing waterfalls; pristine beaches adorned with coconut palms. Papohaku, Hawaii’s largest white sand beach, graces Kaluako’i Resort on the sunny west end of the island.

Molokai

Molokai

 

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Molokai map

Molokai map

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