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About Molokai - Data | Printable Version of This Page

  • 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.
  • 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 4970 feet (1813 meters). Maunaloa in the west rises to only 1381 feet (503 meters). A third, smaller volcano created the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore.
  • Population - About 8000. The majority live in Kaunakakai, the largest town, which is located on the south shore about in the middle of the island.
  • Ethnicity - 45% Hawaiian or Hawaiian ancestry. 25% Filipino. 30% everyone else including Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, Black, Samoan, Tongan and others.



About Molokai - Weather & Climate

Molokai 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 temeratures 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.

Here's some climate data taken at the Molokai Airport. Located at about 21.15°N  157.10°W.   Elevation about 449 feet/137m above sea level. Measurements are the prior 25 year averages.

Average Maximum Temperature

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
°C 25.2 25.2 25.8 26.3 27.5 28.3 28.9 29.6 29.7 29.0 27.5 26.0 27.5
°F 77.4 77.4 78.4 79.3 81.5 82.9 84.0 85.3 85.5 84.2 81.5 78.8 81.5

Average Minimum Temperature

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
°C 17.817.518.1 19.0 19.8 20.9 21.5 21.7 21.6 21.2 20.1 18.6 19.8
°F 64.0 63.5 64.6 66.2 67.6 69.6 70.7 71.1 70.9 70.2 68.2 65.5 67.6

Average Rainfall

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
mm 107.8 85.7 78.7 55.9 33.3 12.1 18.4 17.6 21.4 57.5 85.1 114.1 688.6
inches 4.23.43.12.21.30.50.70.70.82.33.44.527.1
Current Conditions





About Molokai - Map & 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 & 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 it's less.

Maunaloa to Kaunakakai - 16 miles (26km) - 25 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

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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
(Central Molokai)
Tel. (808) 567-6000
Beautiful course in Kalae at the 1,200 foot elevation. Public. 9-Holes. Par 34; 2816 yards. Photo

About Molokai - Transportation

Below are some links to help you make your reservations.

Moloka'i airport is known as Hoolehua and the airport code is MKK


   Airlines Serving Molokai

Check AirFareWatchDog for the lowest fares to Honolulu from your city

Island Air - All Islands
Toll Free Reservation Line
www.islandair.com/

(808) 484-2222
(800) 652-6541

Mokulele Airlines - All Islands
mokuleleairlines.com

(866) 260 7070

Ways to book your entire vacation to HawaiianOceanFrontCondo.com
http://www.Orbitz.com 1(800) 894-5000

http://www.Travelocity.com 1(888) 872-8356

http://www.Expedia.com 1(800) 397-3342

http://www.hawaiianair.com/ 1(800) 367-5320

http://www.united.com/ 1(800) 864-8331

http://www.aa.com 1(800) 433-7300

http://www.continental.com 1(800) 523-3273

http://www.delta.com 1(800) 221-1212

   Ferry Service

The 100 foot yacht Molokai Princess provides daily roundtrip service between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Molokai. The trip between ports takes about 90 minutes through the Kalohi Channel and tickets run about $100.00 round trip.

Caution: The Ferry can be a rough ride, especially in the afternoon.

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, Ocean kayaking


Our Favorite Rental Cars
Call way ahead to reserve a car

http://www.alamo.com/
Reservations: 1(877) 222-9075

In-Depth Virtual Tour of Molokai
Molokai Virtual Tour
Everything about Molokai by folks who live on Molokai.


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