Visitor Information

About Moloka’i

  • 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. Located at about 21.15°N 157.10°W.
  • Size – 261 square miles (676 square kilometers). About 37 miles long (60 km) and 10 (16km) miles wide.
  • Shape – Three separate volcanoes created the island. Kamakou, in the east. is the tallest with a peak elevation of 4,970 feet (1813 meters). Maunaloa in the west rises to only 1,381 feet (503 meters). A third, smaller volcano created the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore. Height about 449 feet / 137m above sea level.
  • Population – About 8,000. The majority live in Kaunakakai, the largest town, which is located on the south shore about in the middle of the island.
  • Ethnicity – 60% Hawaiian or Hawaiian ancestry. 28% Filipino. 12% everyone else including Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, Black, Samoan, Tongan and others.

Moloka’i Climate Information

Moloka’i 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 temperatures 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.

Climate data from the Moloka’i Airport. Measurements are prior 25 year averages.

Average
Maximum
Temperature

°C °F
Jan 25.2 77.4
Feb 25.2 77.4
Mar 25.8 78.4
Apr 26.3 79.3
May 27.5 81.5
Jun 28.3 82.9
Jul 28.9 84.0
Aug 29.6 85.3
Sep 29.7 85.5
Oct 29.0 84.2
Nov 27.5 81.5
Dec 26.0 78.8
Year 27.5 81.5

Average
Minimum
Temperature

°C °F
Jan 17.8 64.0
Feb 17.5 63.5
Mar 18.1 64.6
Apr 19.0 66.2
May 19.8 67.6
Jun 20.9 69.6
Jul 21.5 70.7
Aug 21.7 71.1
Sep 21.6 70.9
Oct 21.2 70.2
Nov 20.1 68.2
Dec 18.6 65.5
Year 19.8 67.6

Average
Monthly
Rainfall

mm inches
Jan 107.8 4.2
Feb 85.7 3.4
Mar 78.7 3.1
Apr 55.9 2.2
May 33.3 1.3
Jun 12.1 0.5
Jul 18.4 0.7
Aug 17.6 0.7
Sep 21.4 0.8
Oct 57.5 2.3
Nov 85.1 3.4
Dec 114.1 4.5
Year 688.6 27.1

Current Conditions

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About Moloka’i – Map and 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.

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Even though it’s the same road, you’ll note from the map that it has two highway numbers: 450 and 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 the speed limit is 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

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

Airlines Serving Molokai

Hawaiian Airlines – All Islands 800.367.5320
Mokulele Airlines – All Islands 808.495.4188
Makani Kai Air – Kalaupapa & Oahu 808.834.1111

Ferry Service

The 100 foot yacht Molokai Princess provides daily round trip service between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Moloka’i. The trip between ports takes about 90 minutes through the Kalohi Channel and tickets run about $140 round trip.

Rental Cars

Moloka’i Car Rental The local Moloka’i guys.

Alamo Car Rentals The big guys at the airport.

Taxi

Hele Mai Taxi – 808.336.0967 Provides reliable, island-wide service with plenty of Aloha. They also offer exclusive, private island tours.

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See VisitMolokai.com for more complete information about Moloka’i and things to do during your stay.

About Moloka’i – News Sources

About Moloka’i – News Articles

NY Times

On On Molokai, A Land Faithful To Its Roots – 4/17/2005

Secluded Molokai – 3/28/1999

Hawaii’s Down-Home Island – 3/20/1983

Carousel Press

View the Natural Beauty of Hawaii Without Getting Off Your Ass – 1998