Molokai

The island of Molokai remains true to its island roots. There are no traffic lights—just aloha—in the harbor town of Kaunakakai, where fisherman haul in their daily catch and farmers showcase fresh-picked produce from neighboring fields. Quiet your spirit and you’ll feel the mana (power) that protects the island, from an area near Maunaloa said to be the birthplace of hula to the indescribable beauty of Halawa Valley. Or, descend 1,700 feet on a surefooted mule to the remote settlement of Kalaupapa and change your perspective forever. The island has been known both for developments by Molokai Ranch on much of the island, for pineapple production, cattle ranching and tourism. Residents or visitors to the west end of Molokai can see the lights of Honolulu on O’ahu at night often called the “Friendly Island”, 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. With a high percentage of Molokai’s population being of Native Hawaiian descent, it’s no wonder why Molokai is sometimes known as “the most Hawaiian Island.” A visit here is like a journey into Hawaii’s past, where historic spots can be discovered today, looking much like they did hundreds of years ago.

 

Airport: Molokai airport

 

Things to do

Visit the fish ponds

In the past, Molokai’s coast contained 62 fishponds, which were first built during the early 13th century. These fishponds were created using lava and stone, and engineered meticulously so that sea water can flow in and out of the pond, while keeping the fish in. A few of these fishponds have survived until the present, with the nearest one located on the east part of the island, in Kalokoeli.

In the past, only the royal chiefs were allowed to eat the fish which were caught from these ponds. Such was the historical importance of these stone fishponds, and many of these have remained well-preserved in Molokai.

The Hawaiians have always prided themselves on their skills on aquaculture, which had involved the engineering of coral and stone fishponds. These days, you can visit the Ali fishpond at Ali Beach Park, or the Kalokoeli Fishpond. Two fishponds have already been declared as national historical landmarks.

 

fishHalawa valley

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