Molokai...Hawaii's Best Kept Secret!

Molokai, long known as "the friendly isle," is also known as Hawaii's best kept secret. A refuge from the crowds and traffic of Oahu and Maui.

A place where you can still find a beautiful beach and enjoy it all to yourself. A place where friends stop and talk in the street and the "alohas" and "mahalos" are from the heart.

Our Molokai boasts no high-rises, traffic lights, or giant shopping malls. All we have is the warmth of our people and the stunning beauty of the land.
For a virtual tour of our beautiful island, see the Visit Molokai Web Sight
 

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 17.8 17.5 18.1 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 4.2 3.4 3.1 2.2 1.3 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8 2.3 3.4 4.5 27.1

 

 

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
Kaluakoi Resort to Kaunakakai - 22 miles (35km) - 35 minutes
Kaluakoi Resort to Kalaupapa lookout - 24 miles (38km) - 35 minutes
Kaluakoi Resort to Airport - 15 miles (24km) - 20 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