Our journey through the wonderful island of Maui is complete, and now we can move on to explore the other two islands that fall under the umbrella of Maui County real estate, starting with Molokai. The community living on the “Friendly Isle” is similar to Hana in that both places are enriched by deep Hawaiian cultural roots. In Maui County, you’ll find the most authentic Hawaiian cultural experience in both these places, but Molokai’s population, while small, is much larger than that of the sleepy little town of Hana. That being said, Molokai is one of those places where everybody seems to know everybody else, providing a strong sense of security and comfort to those who live there.
Molokai is located west of Maui, and it’s the fifth largest island in Hawaii. If pristine natural beauty is your preference, then the limited development here be a great lure for you. Getting from one place to another is relatively quick and easy, as the island is about ten miles across at its widest point and thirty-eight miles in length. You may want all-wheel-drive to reach the more rugged areas.
Places to see:
- Kaunakakai is Molokai’s city center, although it feels more like a quaint town with a mix of modern and old Hawaiian influences. You’ll find grocery stores, shops, supply stores, boutiques and restaurants here, among many other kinds of establishments. Located on the South Shore of the island, it’s a little over ten minutes from the more centrally located Molokai Airport.
- Halawa Valley is a lush, green tropical paradise characterized by cascading waterfalls and breathtaking vistas. An ancient Polynesian settlement was once located in this tranquil place, and it’s no surprise that they built places of worship (heiaus) here. It’s a magnificent place for a hike, or just a simple retreat to soothe you.
- Papohaku Beach is located on Molokai’s West side, and it is not only one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii, but also one of the quietest. The low population of the island and the limited number of its visitors contribute to the serenity of this setting, so if you’re one of those people who love uncrowded beaches, be sure to stop by for swimming, sunbathing, surfing or camping.
- Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is one of the last to be planted for King Kamehameha V, and as such, it’s an important historic site. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, this majestic grove is quite a lovely sight, and definitely worth a visit.
As for Molokai real estate, you’ll find a small number of homes, but with a wide price range and no shortage of character. You can expect the same from Molokai condos. This is just a brief overview of what to expect from Molokai living, so please contact us if you would like our assistance or more information. Mahalo for reading this week, and don’t forget to check in next Friday for our final stop at the island of Lanai.
RealEstateMauiHawaii.com – By Mark Harbison