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About Molokai - Data
  • 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
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
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

About Molokai - Transportation

While getting around the island is a breeze, sometimes getting here can be a challenge.

Getting to Molokai can be a challenge, but well worth the effort. There are no direct flights from anywhere outside Hawaii, so you'll have to connect in either Honolulu or Maui.

Hawaiian Airlines Start your hawaii adventure by flying from the mainland US with Hawaiian Airlines. This local carrier often has the best through fares to Molokai from the West Coast and their gates at the Honolulu and Maui airports are the closest to the commuter terminal where you'll catch your connecting flight to Molokai.

You should also look for inexpensive fares at
Book a Package (120x60) Airfare, Hotels, Rental Cars, Vacation Packages
Air Deals (120x60)
Be sure to shop all of these choices. Sometimes the price differences are substantial.

Travel Guard Insurance In uncertain times, it is always wise to consider travel insurance. Travel Guard offers excellent coverage at reasonable prices.

Inter-island Connections

Aloha Island Air - All Islands

Mokulele Airlines - All Islands

Pacific Wings - Maui, Kalaupapa & Oahu only


Paragon Air - Maui & Oahu only


Airport Codes

HNL - Honolulu
OGG - Kahului, Maui
MKK - Molokai - You'll sometimes see our airport listed as Ho'olehua, which is its physical location. You'll find more connecting flights through Honolulu than Maui, but either one will work.

Lahaina Ferry

If you're visiting Maui and want to come to Molokai for a day or several, you can get here from Lahaina on the Molokai Ferry

Rental Cars & Taxis

Since there is no public transportation on Molokai, you will need a rental car or a taxi to see all the beautiful sights on our island. Taxi service is available from two companies.

Hele Mai Taxi   Provides reliable, island-wide service with plenty of Aloha. They also offer exclusive, private island tours.

Molokai Off Road Tours & Taxi - 808.553.3369

Rental Cars

At the airport you will find Alamo Car Rental

In Kaunakakai, Island Kine Auto Rental a Molokai company rents cars, vans and trucks.

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