Moloka’i: The Most Hawaiian Place?.
Moloka’i may only be 15 miles from Maui, but from everything I’ve heard it could very well be its own country. The fish shaped island with cliffs as tall as 300 story skyscrapers sits in quite juxtaposition to its more famous and tourist heavy brethren of the Hawaiian archipelago.
Today, we are hopping an early morning flight out of Boston to Moloka’i to explore a land where coconut trees rule the skyline not high-rise hotels and “talk story” with the locals, who have more Hawaiian blood flowing through them than any other place on the planet.
We’ve got a really exciting four days lined up through the Moloka’i Visitors Bureau that should help us connect with the mysticism that is said to radiate throughout the island. Our first two nights, for example, will be at the Dunbar Beachfront Cottages on the east end of Moloka’i surrounded by nothing but views of Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
And with more than 260 square miles of land and only 7,400 residents, we’re going to get a chance to tap into what makes Moloka’i so desirable to adventure enthusiasts. Beth and I will be riding a mule on a 3-mile stretch that’s akin to a tropical Big Sur, kayaking along the soaring coast and hiking into the Halawa Valley. I think it’s safe to say that there will be a lot of communing with nature going on, and we couldn’t be happier.
Born of volcanic eruptions 1.5 million years ago, Molokai remains a time capsule on the dawn of the 21st century.Jeanette Foster | Frommer's Maui 2013
Despite some research, I still don’t know what to expect from Moloka’i and this has me really excited. I’ve read and re-read the four dozen or so pages in our Maui guidebook, studying the pictures closely, and I still can’t imagine what we’re going to find when we stop off the plane tomorrow evening in the land of Aloha; though, I have a feeling it’s going to be something really special, quite possibly the real Hawaii.
Have you ever been to Moloka’i? If so, we’d love to hear your recommendations and tips in the comments below.
*Photo credit: Kawela Beach Park Molokai Hawaii (Maui County) by PatrickMcNally |Flickr Creative Commons