"Molokai - A WORLD THE REST OF THE WORLD DOESN'T KNOW EXISTS." - Marlene Freedman
Molokai is an odd place. It's like a rural American county with no highway. And it's surrounded by ocean. Coming from Oahu it's a perplexing situation to arrive after a 30 minute flight to an isolated air strip in the middle of what appeared to be west Texas.
The one rental car company on the island rented us a Wrangler at the typical tourist rate. I didn't dwell on it. Instead I was enthused about experiencing a 'newish' car and a plethora of terrains to dominate with it. If this were the only experience this scruffy paradise offered I could see myself pleased with the adventure.
Making the most out of Molokai
We did not make any hotel reservations in Molokai as there were not a lot and most of them are extremely expensive for a homegrown super laid-back island so we camped out.
After setting up our tent in a Pala'au State Park we went straight to Kalaupapa Lookout which was only a few minute drive. The lookout will give you the view of the historic Kalaupapa which was a leper colony (Hansen's disease) and the only leper colony in the United States. It also includes the trail to the sacred phallic stone.
If you are expecting a busy island like Oahu, you won't see it in Molokai. One extreme way to have fun in the island is to drive around any trails of dirt road that you come across and see where it leads you to.
Driving around to some dirt road trails led us to places with some breathtaking views.
Hiking is a must in Molokai. The island has one of the most beautiful valley Hawaii could offer, the Halawa Valley. Like they say, the valley is the closest thing to Shangri-La this side of the Himalayas.
Take the 32-mile scenic drive from Kaunakakai to the easternmost tip of the island.
Bring plenty of food and water because you're leaving civilization way far behind.
Warning: The road can get into a single-lane, twisting and winding, climbing your way to Halawa.
Molokai is so different. When you're in the island it feels like your time just stops. You get to forget how life in the city can be so hectic and crazy. It's like lying down in a hammock all day under a tree by the beach/shore without any worries about life at all. I literally felt 'Hakuna Matata' during my 4-day stay in this special island.
Life is a beach in Molokai. And yes, I did lie in a hammock under a tree by the shore and loved each moment of it. Indeed, it is a world the rest of the rest of the world doesn't know exists.