Molokai

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Molokai, known as the Friendly Isle, makes up a small part of the Hawaiian island chain in a big way. A primary hub for tourism and commerce, Molokai thrives on the visitors from other areas to sustain life. Little in the way of industry resides on the island due to its rather small size but this hardly bothers the residents who like the landscape to be free of large factories. For the most part the residents commute to the nearby large island for work, while the others own and operate businesses dependent upon the tourist trade. The entire island is designed with the tourist trade in mind. The more traditional feel of Molokai makes it hot for the tourism industry as the visitors revel in the dances and poles from the days past.

Molokai is less than an hour from the other larger islands making it an easy commute for residents and tourists alike. Many people find it fun to hop the islands during their stay but Molokai is by far the favorite. The residents are known to be some of the most friendly people to be found anywhere in the world. Thanks to this reputation the island is the most popular with the tourists and brings in thousands every year. The normal US winter months find people flocking to the island for the more than comfortable temperatures that are prevalent year round. Under normal conditions the temps do not go below sixty and can reach highs well over one hundred. The high humidity may make the summer months a bit uncomfortable for some, but air conditioning is standard for nearly every tourism accommodation on the island.

Outside of the normal areas, Molokai is home to some of the finest natural history in the world. Some of the early residents of this island built grand temples from local resources and the areas are protected by law, making them a favorite spot for some sight seeing. One should be careful about visiting the island during the hurricane season. While it is rare to have a bad storm, there have been times when the hurricanes reach intense danger levels and Molokai is so small that it can be very dangerous to be in attendance.

Water Sports
In respect to the water areas of Molokai, the surfing is not all that grand like it is on other islands in the chain. Most consider this island to be a great place for novice and beginning surfers to learn as the waves are not nearly as tall and fierce. A booming industry on the island is surfing lessons as several retired champions reside on the island.

The lack of fierce waves does make the area fine for swimming. Many of the beaches are protected by lifeguards during the day. Any swimming after dusk is at your own risk and some areas are strictly off limits due to heavy shark activity. There has not been a shark attack in the waters around Molokai for over twenty years but the government is not taking any chances. The reef areas around the island are prime feeding grounds for tiger and great white sharks making the area a bit dangerous during certain times of the year.

Deep sea fishing is highly popular off of Molokai and several charters run constant fishing trips out to the reef. For those with a little adventure in mind there is the ever popular spear fishing. Many residents run thriving businesses by teaching tourists how to spear fish and taking them out on guided hunts.

Island Diversity
Molokai is made up of primarily native people but there are many transplants from the US and other countries around the world.

Activities
For the most part the water sports encompass the largest part of the activities on Molokai. There are some things, like natural history tours and native dances that are also very popular.

Off The Beaten Tourist Path

Off The Beaten Tourist Path

For those who feel the ideal vacation is communing with nature in its most pure state, away from all the tourist trappings, Molokai is the place to visit. There are many different nature preserves, hiking trails, parks and wildlife sanctuaries to enjoy.
The Kalaupapa National Historical Park is the site of the historic leprosy settlements of Kalaupapa and Kalawao, the Kalaupapa Peninsula and one of the richest archeological preserves in Hawaii. There are 8,725 acres of land and 2,000 acres of water within the Park’s authorized boundary. Many areas within this boundary offer rare native habitat for several endangered Hawaiian plants [...]