- Location – In the heart of the Hawaiian islands. 26 (42km) miles southeast of Oahu and 8 (13km) miles west of Maui with Lanai 10 (16km) miles directly south. Located at about 21.15°N 157.10°W.
- Size – 261 square miles (676 square kilometers). About 37 miles long (60 km) and 10 (16km) miles wide.
- Shape – Three seperate volcanoes created the island. Kamakou, in the east. is the tallest with a peak elevation of 4,970 feet (1813 meters). Maunaloa in the west rises to only 1,381 feet (503 meters). A third, smaller volcano created the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore. Height about 449 feet / 137m above sea level.
- Population – About 8,000. The majority live in Kaunakakai, the largest town, which is located on the south shore about in the middle of the island.
- Ethnicity – 60% Hawaiian or Hawaiian ancestry. 28% Filipino. 12% everyone else including Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, Black, Samoan, Tongan and others.
Reasons You’ll Want to Come to Molokai
To slow down — The top speed on the Island is 45 mph; and there are no stoplights at all and not that many stop signs; resulting in
A much more relaxed pace — Like Oahu was 70 years ago and Maui and Kauai were 40 years ago; so you enjoy
The Hawaii everyone first fell in love with —
Beautiful, unspoiled scenery: with uncrowded beaches, fabulous hiking, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and more,
Among some of the friendliest, most laid-back folks you’ll ever meet.
Moloka’i Climate Information
Moloka’i weather is wonderful year round, with temperatures averaging about 75°F and rarely going 6 or 7 degrees above or below. In winter (Dec. thru Mar.), the night-time temperatures may drop to the lower 60s and you’re more likely to experience a rainy day.
Spring, summer, and fall are all very similar with warm days (up to 85°F) cooled by the trade winds and pleasant evenings in the mid to lower 70s. However, on those days when the trade winds are calm, the heat and humidity will both rise a notch or two.
Climate data from the Moloka’i Airport. Measurements are prior 25 year averages.
About Moloka’i – Map and Driving Instructions
Getting around Moloka’i is easy. The highway crosses the island from east end to west end with a couple of roads that branch off for short distances. It’s almost impossible to get lost.
Even though it’s the same road, you’ll note from the map that it has two highway numbers: 450 and 460. Kamehameha V Highway (450) starts at Kaunakakai and ends 27 miles (43km) east at Halawa.
Maunaloa Highway (460) also begins at Kaunakakai, passes the airport at Ho’olehua and ends 16 miles (26km) west at the village of Maunaloa. Turn at mile 15 to reach the Kaluakoi Resort area. To get to Kualapu’u, Kala’e and the Kalaupapa lookout, take Highway 470 where it branches from 460 in the middle of the island.
There are green mile posts every mile. Directions to someone’s house, a resort, or a great beach usually include the nearest mile marker number or landmark. For example; “My house is east 6/10s past mile 12. Mauka (mountain) side” or “Wavecrest resort is at exactly mile 13 east, makai (ocean side).”
While the driving times below may seem a little high for the distance involved, they are based on some real life-on-Moloka’i factors. The highest posted speed limit anywhere on the island is 45mph (72kph) and in many places the speed limit is less.
Maunaloa to Kaunakakai – 16 miles (26km) – 25 minutes
Kaluakoi Resort to Kaunakakai – 22 miles (35km) – 35 minutes
Kaluakoi Resort to Kalaupapa lookout – 24 miles (38km) – 35 minutes
Kaluakoi Resort to Airport – 15 miles (24km) – 20 minutes
Kaunakakai to Wavecrest Resort – 13 miles (21km) – 20 minutes
Kaunakakai to Halawa – 27 miles (43km) – 50 minutes
Kaunakakai to Kalaupapa lookout – 10 miles (16km) – 20 minutes
Kaunakakai to Airport – 8 miles (13km) – 20 minutes
Wavecrest Physical Address
USA mailing address
Wavecrest – Unit A303
HC01 Box 541,
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
USA shipping address – UPS, Fedex, etc.
Wavecrest – Unit A303
7148 Kamehameha V Hwy
Kaunakakai, HI 96742
IRONWOOD HILLS GOLF COURSE
P. O. Box 182
Kualapuu, HI 96757
Tel. (808) 567-6000
Beautiful course in Kalae at the 1,200 foot elevation.
Public. 9-Holes. Par 34; 2816 yards.
About Moloka’i – Transportation
While getting around the island is a breeze, sometimes getting here can be a challenge.
When traveling from the US mainland, we prefer Hawaiian Airlines because of the excellent service, and the ability to check our luggage directly through to Molokai. In addition there are no terminal changes required.
Airlines Serving Molokai
|Hawaiian Airlines – All Islands||800.367.5320|
|Mokulele Airlines – All Islands||808.495.4188|
|Makani Kai Air – Kalaupapa & Oahu||808.834.1111|
Moloka’i airport is known as Ho’olehua and the airport code is MKK
The 100 foot yacht Molokai Princess provides daily round trip service between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Moloka’i. The trip between ports takes about 90 minutes through the Kalohi Channel and tickets run about $140 round trip.
Local Guides and Activities
Walter Naki – 808.558.8184
Guided tours, fishing, snorkeling
Molokai Fish and Dive – 808.553.5926
Reef snorkel trips, Scuba diving, whale watches
See VisitMolokai.com for more complete information about Moloka’i and things to do during your stay.