Top ChoiceViewpoint in Palaʻau State Park

Kalaupapa Overlook

Kalaupapa Overlook

This spot offers a scenic overview of the Kalaupapa Peninsula, formerly an isolation zone for sufferers of Hansen's disease (leprosy), from the edge of a 1600ft cliff. It's easy to get the lay of the land from up...

Top ChoiceBeach in West End Beaches

Papohaku Beach

The light-hued sands of Papohaku Beach run for an astounding 2.5 miles. Come here for the solitude – the sand is soft and you can often stroll from one end to the other without seeing another soul. Offshore,...

Top ChoicePark in Kamakou Preserve

Kamakou Preserve

Hiking back through three million years of evolution on the Pepeʻopae Trail is Kamakou’s star attraction. Crossed by a boardwalk, this undisturbed Hawaiian montane bog is a miniature primeval forest of stunted...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kaluakoi Resort Area

Kepuhi Beach

Kepuhi is a rocky, white-sand dream, but swimming here can be a nightmare. There's a tough shore break, and strong currents are often present, even on calm days. During winter the crashing shore dump is a sight...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kaluakoi Resort Area

Kawakiu Beach

Kaluakoi's northernmost beach is also the best. Those with a sense of adventure can search out this secluded crescent of white sand and bright-turquoise waters. It's partially sheltered from the winds that can...

Top ChoiceBeach in Halawa Valley

Halawa Beach Park

Where the road ends at the east of the island you'll find gorgeous Halawa Beach, clasped by verdant tropical hills. It was a favored surfing spot for Molokaʻi chiefs, although these days you probably won't see a...

Top ChoiceChurch in East Molokaʻi

St Joseph’s Church

Only two of the four Moloka‘i churches that missionary saint Father Damien (who selflessly comforted leprosy patients for 16 years) built outside the Kalaupapa Peninsula are still standing. One of them is this...

Top ChoiceFarm in Hoʻolehua

Purdy's Macadamia Nut Farm

Enthusiastic nut farmer Tuddie Purdy takes you on a free tour of his more-than-80-year-old orchard, explains how the nuts grow without pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, and then lets you sample them....

Top ChoiceWaterfall in Halawa Valley

Mo'oula & Hipuapua Falls

Cascading down the back of the lush Halawa Valley are the mesmerizing twin 250ft Mo'oula and Hipuapua Falls, hidden in a rich valley and reached by a two-hour hike. When you get there you can swim in a large pool...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in East Molokaʻi

ʻIliʻiliʻopae Heiau

'Ili'ili'opae Heiau is Moloka'i's biggest and best-known heiau, and is thought to be the second largest in Hawaii. It also might possibly be the oldest religious site in the state. The dimensions are astonishing:...

Beach in Waialua

Twenty Mile Beach

This spot is well protected by a reef, and the curve of fine sand fronts a large lagoon that's great for snorkeling. Near shore there are rocks and the water can be very shallow, but work your way out and you'll...

Viewpoint in Molokaʻi Forest Reserve

Waikolu Lookout

At 3600ft, Waikolu Lookout provides a breathtaking view into the steep Waikolu Valley and out to the ocean beyond. After rains, the white strands of numerous waterfalls accent the sheer cliffs and fill the valley...

Cultural Site in Palaʻau State Park

Kauleonanahoa

Kauleonanahoa (the penis of Nanahoa) is Hawaii's premier phallic stone, standing proud in a little clearing inside an ironwood grove about a five-minute walk from the parking area near Kalaupapa Overlook. The...

Natural Feature in Waialua to Halawa

Rock Point

The pointy clutch of rocks sticking out as the road swings left before the 21-mile marker is, appropriately enough, called Rock Point. This popular surf spot is the site of local competitions and is the place to...

Beach in West End Beaches

Dixie Maru Beach

At the southern end of Pohakuloa Rd there's a parking lot with access to a narrow, round inlet that the ancient Hawaiians knew as Kapukahehu. It is now called Dixie Maru, after a ship that went down in the area...

Historic Site in Kaunakakai

Kapuaʻiwa Coconut Grove

Molokaʻi was the favorite island playground of Kamehameha V. He had the royal 10-acre Kapuaʻiwa Coconut Grove planted near his sacred bathing pools in the 1860s. Standing tall about a mile west of downtown, the...

Park in Molokaʻi Forest Reserve

Molokaʻi Forest Reserve

The 10-mile 4WD drive up to Waikolu Lookout takes about 45 minutes (follow the dirt path near the Homelani Cemetery sign on Rte 460/ Maunaloa Hwy. Road conditions can be muddy. You pass through open land with...

Farm in Halawa Valley

Kuleana Work Center

Pruet runs a flower farm, offers waterfall hikes and makes a mean smoothie from fruit he gathers at this lush spread of land. You can self-tour his colorful gardens or make arrangements in advance for a waterfall...

Park in Kaunakakai

One Aliʻi Beach Park

Three miles east of town, this park is split into two areas. One side has a coconut-palm-lined shore, a playing field, a children's playground, a rundown picnic pavilion and bathrooms, and although not especially...