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Hawaii Adventures

Molokai, Maui and More Off the Beaten Path

Days 1, 2
Days 3, 4, 5

An oceanfront view from a hammock at Hotel Molokai in Hawaii
An oceanfront view from a hammock at Hotel Molokai

There is simply not enough time or energy to do all of the activities that Hawaii's near-perfect weather, rainforests, mountains and sparkling seas make possible. If you are not content to lounge by the pool or shop 'til you drop, we have a great trip that will fulfill your lust for adventure.


A room with a king-sized bed at Hotel Molokai in Hawaii
A guest room at Hotel Molokai

Molokai, "The Friendly Island"

You'll land in Honolulu, but you are only here to catch a plane bound for Molokai, the most laid-back and traditional of the Hawaiian islands. Rent a car at the airport and head south to the Aqua Hotel Molokai in Kaunakakai. The Polynesian-style, wooden A-frame buildings are surrounded by grounds lush with tropical plants and flowers. Though the accommodations are more comfortable than luxurious, the hotel is situated right on the ocean. If you're here during the winter months, keep an eye out for whales, which can be easily spotted. Get out and about on a bicycle from Molokai Bicycle ( Molokai is perfect for exploring by bike, and with less than 7,500 residents, there is little traffic and plenty of aloha spirit. So grab a map and water bottle and hit the road.


The remote and beautiful Kalaupapa Peninsula National Historic Park on the island of Molokai in Hawaii
The striking shoreline at Kalaupapa Peninsula National Historic Park

Kalaupapa Peninsula

Your destination this morning is the remote and beautiful Kalaupapa National Historic Park, where Hansen's Disease (leprosy) patients were isolated and detained from 1866-1969. At first, they were left to fend for themselves, but conditions began to gradually improve overtime. Today, the settlement is a retirement village for former patients. There is only one way to reach the peninsula by land, as a 1,600-foot-high cliff serves as a natural barricade between the peninsula and uplands. You will traverse the cliff on a winding, three-mile trail with 26 switchbacks and sweeping coastal views, either on your own two feet or atop the back of a friendly, sure-footed mule. Meet at the bottom with the group Damien Tours, which provides you with a tour of the scenic Judd Park.

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(Updated: 02/22/12 SG)

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