Jan 23, 2020
Less Is More On Moloka‘i
Moloka‘i's sweeping vistas, unique history, and less-developed side of tourism is precisely what makes this incredible island so special to experience. A perfect weekend getaway, "The Friendly Island" is as full of aloha as it is with culture, farm-to-table cooking, and incredibly beautiful coastal views.
The island's delightfully sleepy vibes gives it a unique charm unlike any other, as there isn't a single stoplight to be seen. With this almost "untouched" feeling comes an abundance of rich Hawaiian culture and tradition that you can feel wherever you go; the island is home to some of the best-preserved examples of ancient Hawaiian fishponds, and is believed to be the birthplace of hula. Though Moloka‘i embodies a slow and easy-going feeling, there are many places to explore that will give you an insight into Hawaiian culture, community, and its intriguing history - just be sure to respect the land and local way of life while you're here.
Head into Kaunakakai, the island's landmark town, where you'll find plate-lunch counters, grocers, fishermen selling their morning catch, and a quaint library - and don't miss the farmer's market on Saturdays.
Swing by the beautiful Kapuāiwa Coconut Grove, which was planted in the 1860s during King Kamehameha V's reign.
Pick up a local-favorite strawberry papaya at Kumu Farms, where many of Moloka‘i's restaurants source their organic ingredients. For the freshest selections, ask shopkeeper Auntie Etty about the day's harvest.
Grab a plate-lunch and relax at Pāpōhaku Beach - the largest white-sand beach on the island.
Ride mule-back along a majestic cliffside trail into a rarely-visited National Park to discover Moloka‘i's lesser-known history.
Head down a back alley off of Hotel Lane in Kaunakakai to the unassuming Kanemitsu Bakery to pick up a loaf of their deliciously famous hot bread. Make sure to go late at night when the bread is freshly baked, and choose filling combinations like strawberry, cinnamon, or cream cheese.
*Excerpts from the Wildsam x OluKai field guide to Hawaiʻi. Available for purchase at OluKai retail stores in Hawai‘i. Find a store >