Monday, September 8, 2014

Day Trip to a Remote Island

Doesn't that sound fun and interesting? When we head to Hawaii (in less than 6 months!) we decided to add another island to our itinerary. We are taking a ferry ride to spend the day on Molokai! This tiny island is rich in history and is the most native Hawaiian island the public can visit. Molokai is 38 by 10 miles (61 by 16km) making it the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands and has a usable land area of 260 square miles (673.4 squared km).

{Map of the Islands}
Molokai is best known for Kalaupapa Colony, located on the north shore, it’s a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides and 2,000 ft sea cliffs on the fourth. The colony is where long term sufferers of Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) were exiled for containment and treatment. Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope (both are now Saints) gave their lives to these patients. You can see a movie about Father Damien titled, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien.

We will be arriving at Kaunakakai Harbor and from there we'll take a short trip to the airport to pick up our car for the day. After that we plan to visit the Kalaupapa Sea Cliffs Lookout, the fishponds at One Alii Park, "downtown" Kaunakakai and I hope to visit Molokai Plumerias Farm. 

{Kalaupapa Lookout, Source}

{One Alii Park, Source}
We'll depart the island around 4pm and make our way across the channel back to Maui. I am also hoping we see plenty of whales on this portion of the trip!

Any of my readers been to Molokai? I would love to hear about it!

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