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Top Choice Cafe in Kaunakakai

Maka’s Korner

A dead-simple corner location belies the fine yet basic fare here. Molokaʻi's best burgers come with excellent fries, although many patrons are simply addicted to the mahimahi (white-fleshed fish also called ‘dolphi…
Top Choice Books in Kaunakakai

Kalele Bookstore & Divine Expressions

New and used books, local artworks and loads of local culture and travel advice. Few locals walk past without dropping in to say hi.
Top Choice Lounge in Kaunakakai

Hale Kealoha

The Hotel Molokaʻi's simple waterfront bar and restaurant has waterfront views and skippable food. However the don't-miss highlight are the local kapuna (elders) who gather at a long table to play Hawaiian music on …
Seafood in Kaunakakai

Ono Fish N' Shrimp

The best addition to the local food scene in a while, this gleaming white food truck offers up seafood tacos and shrimp plates. The preparations are creative and the fish über-fresh. End you meal with fresh mini-don…
Art in Kaunakakai

Molokaʻi Art from the Heart

Run by local artists, this small shop is packed with arts and crafts. Works in all mediums can be found here; quality ranges from the earnest to the superb. The T-shirts with local sayings are the real sleepers in t…
Market in Kaunakakai

Saturday Morning Market

This weekly market at the west end of Ala Malama Ave is the place to browse local crafts, try new fruits, stock up on organic produce and pick up some flowers. You'll find most of Molokaʻi here before noon.
Historic Site in Kaunakakai

Kapuaʻiwa Coconut Grove

As Molokaʻi was the favorite island playground of King 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,…
Pub in Kaunakakai

Paddler’s Inn

The island's only real pub has a large outside terrace that makes up in cheer what it lacks in charm. The long menu is served until about 9pm. Regular items include deep-fried pub grub, burgers, steaks and simple pa…
Burgers in Kaunakakai

Molokaʻi Burger

Moloka‘i's only drive-through restaurant is a slick operation. The burgers come in many forms but are all thick and juicy. (Try a ramen burger, which is sandwiched between squares of fried noodles.) The dining room …
Port in Kaunakakai

Kaunakakai Wharf

The busy commercial lifeline for Molokaʻi. OK, it's not that busy… A freight barge chugs in, skippers unload catches of mahimahi (white-fleshed fish also called 'dolphin') and a buff gal practices for a canoe race. …