Although the Hawaiian island of Molokai is tiny (it covers only about 260 square miles), it boasts a wealth of attractive features including beautiful beaches, lush forests, tons of local culture and history and, of course, that quintessential laid-back island lifestyle.
Molokai is considered the least developed of the Hawaiian islands and features only one larger resort and a few hotels in the main city of Kaunakakai. The resort in question is the Hotel Molokai, an escape from all things mainstream hidden on the beach of Kamiloloa. Hotel Molokai is Polynesian-themed complete with a village of modern bungalows and is located just five minutes from the island’s most bustling area, the very small city of Kaunakakai. In addition to Hotel Molokai, visitors can choose from a number of condos, vacation rentals or private cottages.
Authentic is the key word when it comes to food on the island of Molokai, meaning travelers looking for big chains and five-star dining will leave disappointed. But fret not, while there’s no sign of the golden arches, the local fare proves to be delightful. For sweet treats and breakfast goodies, visitors must stop by the Kanemitsu Bakery to try their fabulous cinnamon rolls and famous hot bread. Mid-day meals are best served at the popular Molokai Pizza café and the Ono Fish and Shrimp Food Truck for a quick and tasty bite. And when it comes to upscale dining, past travelers advise a meal at Hiro’s Ohana Grill for a romantic evening paired with seafood and steak.