The island of Molokai is nearly
four times long as it is wide. Its long
and narrow shape is somewhat of a simple
dash of aina
located between two much larger islands,
Oahu and Maui. The eastern portion of
the island is rugged, verdant and largely
inaccessible. To the west, the land is
flatter and drier. On its north side is
the famous Kalaupapa Peninsula,
a National Historic Park surrounded by
the worlds tallest sea cliffs, stretching
more than 3,000 feet skyward.
And, to the south is the longest continuous
fringing reef in Hawaii, measuring some 28 miles.
Molokai is particularly perfect for travelers
thirsty for outdoor adventures, obtaining
knowledge of the Hawaiian style ways of life
and for those seeking new experiences.
Today, travelers are permitted to visit
the Kalaupapa peninsula.
While Hawaii's isolation laws were
abolished in 1969, many of those who
suffer from Hansen's Disease have elected
to remain in Kalaupapa. It is essential
that respect is shown to these residents
when visiting the peninsula.
The most popular means to reach Kalaupapa
is by mule, with the Molokai Mule Ride, Inc.
You and the rest of your tour group
travel down 1,700 feet of one
of the highest sea cliffs in the world
on a narrow 2.9 mile trail with 26 switchbacks.
Once you reach the peninsula, you are met
by a guide with Damien Tours of Kalaupapa.
The tour will teach you about the former
leper colony. You will hear stories of the
struggles and suffering of those banished
The tour includes a visit to the grave site
of Father Damien as well as St. Philomena
Church where Father Damien preached.
The tour includes on the Kalawao side
of Kalapapa, overlooking sea cliffs,
waterfalls, dramatic ocean rock formations
and crashing surf.
You can also reach the peninsula by hiking
down the trail or by small plane.
However, unless you are invited by one of
the residents, you must take the tour offered
by Damien Tours. All visitors must be
at least 16 years old.
Today the few remaining residents of Kaulapapa
are being subjected to another forced move
as were their ancestors and fellow sufferers
were early on.
The state of Hawaii and the federal Government
are presently witholding money from the treatment
areas of the settlement.
They are presently spending more money
on the needs and comforts of the state subsidized
staff than on medical facilities needed
to provide healthcare to these last few patients.
Indeed it is once again a disgrace occuring.
In fact it appears that the settlement may disappear
under the same cruel and
inhumane manner as it was created.
Principal City: Kaunakakai
Average daily room rate $79.77
Chances of living to 85 on Molokai 41%
Chances of living to 94 on Molokai 8.8%
Age of Molokai 1.3 to 1.8 Million Years
Highest Waterfall (Kahiwa) 1,750 Feet
Longest Stream (Wailau-Pulena) 6.5 Miles
Largest Beach (Papohaku) 2+ miles X 300 Feet
Largest Body of Water (Kawainui Marsh) 1,000 Acres
Craters 1 (submerged, offshore)
Last Major Earthquake (6.5) February 19, 1871
Average Precipitation (Molokai Airport) 27 Inches
Lei: White Kukui Blossom
Size: 260 square miles
Coastline: 88 miles
Highest Elevation: 4,961 ft.(Kamakou)
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