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Top Choice Beach in West End Beaches

Papohaku Beach

Straight as a palm tree, the light-hued sands of Papohaku Beach run for an astounding 2.5 miles. The sand is soft and you can often stroll from one end to the other without seeing another soul. Offshore, Third Hole …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Palaʻau State Park

Kalaupapa Overlook

The Kalaupapa Overlook provides a scenic overview of the Kalaupapa Peninsula from the edge of a 1600ft cliff. It's easy to get the lay of the land from up here and you'll get a good feel for just how far you'll trav…
Top Choice Waterfall in Halawa Valley

Moaʻula & Hipuapua Falls

The hike and spectacle of the 250ft, twin Moaʻula and Hipuapua Falls, which cascade down the back of the lush Halawa Valley, are a highlight of many people's Moloka‘i visit. They are reached via a straightforward 2-…
Top Choice Beach in Kaluakoi Resort Area

Kawakiu Beach

Kaluakoi's northernmost beach is also the best. Kawakiu Beach is a broad crescent beach of white sand and bright-turquoise waters. It's partially sheltered from the winds that can bedevil the beaches to the south an…
Top Choice Park 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 trees…
Top Choice Beach in Kaluakoi Resort Area

Kepuhi Beach

You can see why they built the defunct Kaluakoi Hotel here: the beach is a rocky, white-sand dream. However, swimming here can be a nightmare. Not only can there be a tough shorebreak, but strong currents are often …
Top Choice Beach in Halawa Valley

Halawa Beach Park

Halawa Beach was a favored surfing spot for Molokaʻi chiefs and is popular today with local kids, although often you won't see a soul. The beach has double coves separated by a rocky outcrop, with the north side a b…
Top Choice 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 wi…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Pukoʻo

Manaʻe Goods & Grindz

Even if it wasn't your only option, you'd still want to stop here. The plate lunches are something of a local legend: tender yet crispy chicken katsu (deep-fried fillets), specials such as pork stew, and standards s…
Top Choice Church in Kamalo

St Joseph’s Church

Only two of the four Moloka‘i churches that missionary and prospective saint Father Damien built outside of the Kalaupapa Peninsula are still standing. One of them is quaint little St Joseph's Church (the other is O…