Molokai is a Hawaiian island in the central Pacific and is known as the, ‘Friendly Island’. On the island’s northern Kalaupapa Peninsula is a steep path leading to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, an isolated former leper colony below towering cliffs.
The fifth largest island in the Hawaiian island chain, it is 38 by 10 miles (61 by 16 km) in size at its extreme length and width.
Molokai is part of the state of Hawaii and located in Maui County, except for the Kalaupapa Peninsula, which is separately administered as Kalawao County. The largest town on the island is Kaunakakai.
Molokai is split into two main geographical areas. The low western half is very dry and the soil is heavily denuded due to poor land management practices, which allowed over-grazing by goats. The eastern half of the island is a high plateau rising up to an elevation of 4,900 ft on Kamakou peak. The eastern half is covered with lush wet forests that get more than 300 in of rain per year.
Visit Molokai guide information can be found here. There is only one national car rental company on the island-Alamo. If your are a Costco member, you can rent your car via Costco. There are also independent local car rental companies that can be found on the Visit Molokai link. If you are planning a spiritual retreat for a group, please do not hesitate to call the parish office for more information about getting around on Molokai.
Looking for a ground tour of Molokai? Roots of Molokai will create a tour for you. Ph: 808 658-1306.
The official travel site by Hawaii’s Visitor Bureau is: Molokai, Hawaiian by Nature