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Welcome to Molokai Hawaii – The Friendly Island.   With a total population of 7,000, Molokai has more native Hawaiians living there then any other Hawaiian Island. This slipper-shaped island is the birthplace of the hula. It also is home to the largest waterfall in the Hawaiian Islands.  A hike to the these waterfalls  is only possible with a guide due to the sensitive nature of the sacred Hawaiian lands which must be crossed to reach the falls.  Also on Molokai are the largest sea cliffs in the world.  Below the cliffs is Kalaupapa where Father Damien established his leper colony mission in the 1860s. The Molokai Mule Ride includes a tour of Kalaupapa National Historical Park and Father Damien’s leper colony.

The adventure traveler will love this island because of its totally laid back atmosphere.  The people are friendly and want you to have a great time on Molokai. Divers testify that this is the best of all the islands to experience underwater sea life as the reefs are protected from the hurricanes. . Molokai has a unspoiled 28 mile long coral reef off its coast which makes it the largest coral reef in the U.S.A.   Molokai is home to Papohaku Beach known also as Three Mile Beach, one of the largest white sand beaches in all the Hawaiian Islands. If you want to get away from all the rat race of life, choose Molokai!

If you only have a day to see the island check out the Molokai Hotel or the Molokai Visitors Association for half or full day tours of the island.



Molokai is an island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is 38 by 10 miles (61 by 16 km) in size at its extreme length and width with a usable land area of 260 square miles (673.40 km2), making it the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands and the 27th largest island in the United States.  It lies east of Oahu across the 25-mile (40 km) wide Kaiwi Channel and north of Lanai, separated from it by the Kalohi Channel. The lights of Honolulu are visible at night from the west end of Molokai, while nearby Lanai and Maui are clearly visible from anywhere along the south shore of the island. The shape of Molokai Island can be recalled as that of a shoe or a fish.

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Molokai is distinguished in the Roman Catholic religion as the longtime residence of Father Damien de Veuster, a Belgian priest and Mother Marianne Cope of the Sisters of St. Francis, both of whom have been canonized Roman Catholic Saints for their treatment and care given during the 19th century to long term sufferers of Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy.

A site of a Roman Catholic Saint is deemed a sacred place and is visited by practicing Catholics from around the world for giving prayers asking for healing and religious guidance. The Kalaupapa Colony is one of the two sites in the United States where a Roman Catholic Saint resided; it is the only single site where two Saints (Saint Damien and Saint Marianne) both resided.

Historically, a small north shore colony on Molokai, Kalaupapa, was the place where sufferers of Hansen’s Disease were forced into quarantine by the Hawaiian government, but there are no active cases of Hansen’s Disease on Molokai today. Those who continue to live in the settlement are patients who chose to stay after the segregation policy was lifted in 1969.

The first European sailor to visit the island was Captain George Dixon in 1786.

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