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The Holoholo Guide to Moloka‘i

It’s one of the least developed Hawaiian islands, but Moloka‘i is also packed with adventure and beauty.


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What to Bring

  • Child with ukulele
    Photo: Bigstock

    ‘Ukulele – to play along with kanikapila (jam sessions) 

  • Gifts – for your new friends

  • Reusable shopping bag – for Friendly’s and the Saturday market 

  • Shorts and slippers – no need get fancy!

  • Snacks – restaurants are sparse 

  • Extra phone/camera batteries – juice for daylong adventures


Getting There

Small commuter airlines offer the quickest, most scenic flights to Moloka‘i. Check-in is hassle-free and the nine-seat Cessnas fly low. En route you’ll catch mesmerizing views of ancient fishponds and sheer sea cliffs.


Mokulele Airlines serves Hawai‘i’s major airports and tiny airstrips. Baggage costs extra, but pets fly free! 

(866) 495-4188, mokuleleair.com


Makani Kai Air flies to Moloka‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. Book with them for affordable vacation packages and charter flights. 

(808) 834-1111, makanikaiair.com 


If puddle-jumpers aren’t your thing, hop one of Hawaiian Airlines’ flashy turbo-prop planes. They travel between Honolulu and Ho‘olehua five times daily. 

(800) 367-5320, hawaiianairlines.com



Photo: David Croxford


Getting Around

Cars on Moloka‘i are necessary, pricey and in short supply. Book well in advance. 


Alamo has an office at the airport. 

(808) 567-6381, alamo.com


Moloka‘i Car Rental has an office in Kaunakakai but will leave a car for you at the airport. 

(808) 336-0670, molokaicars.com


If you strike out with these two companies, ask around. Somebody has a friend who will rent you a beat-up Buick complete with beach chairs and a cooler. For real. 


Chasing Cell/Internet service

Good luck. You will hold your cell phone up like a dowsing rod looking for bars.

TIP: Find free wi-fi at the public library. 


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