FAQs Molokai

When you are planning your vacation to the Molokai Islands we are sure you have many questions to ask. 

We have answered the most common questions asked about the Islands of Hawaii.

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Island Highlights

- Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Take a mule ride from 1,700 feet to one of Hawaii’s most remote settlements.
- Kaunakakai: Molokai’s main town features historic landmarks, the state’s longest pier, and unique shops and eateries.
- Halawa Valley: Sacred Hawaiian cathedral valley, blessed with beautiful vistas and two towering waterfalls.
- Papohaku Beach: At three miles long, this is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.


Meaning of Hawaii What does Hawaii mean?
Hawaii is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands (also known as the Big Island) and is the name of the 50th State in the USA which is a collection of 8 islands – Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Koho’olawe, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni'ihau. Many believe the name Hawai’i was adapted from the name Hawaiki, the name for a mythical homeland of all Polynesians. Others believe it is a variation of a South Pacific island Raiatea, which was called Havaii at the time of migration.

Time difference in Hawaii What is the time difference from the continental US?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

Airports in Hawaii Where is the main airport on Molokai Island?
The main airport on Molokai is Molokai Airport (MKK). There is no direct service to Molokai from the continental US. Instead, fly to Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport (HNL), where you can connect to local airlines with service to Molokai Airport. You can also take day trips between Kaunakakai Harbor and Lahaina Harbor in Maui on an interisland ferry service. The Molokai Princess crosses the Kalohi Channel twice a day, once in the morning, once in the late afternoon. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes.

Hawaii car rental Do I need a car to get around Molokai Island?
There is no public transportation on Molokai so it’s best to rent a car. Quantities are limited so make reservations in advance. Taxi services are limited. If you’re planning on heading up to the Kamakou Preserve or the Molokai highlands, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.

Hotels and resorts in Hawaii Where are the major hotel and resort areas on Molokai Island?
Accommodations on Molokai vary from the oceanfront to rental condos, cottages, and bed and breakfasts in Kaunakakai and Maunaloa.

Passport requirements Hawaii Do I need my passport to get to Hawaii Island?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

Dress for Hawaii What should I pack on my trip to Molokai Island?
Year round temperatures average around 75º F (23.9º C) so bring your casual clothes. At Molokai’s higher elevations, it can get a bit cooler and wetter so pack a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. If you plan on taking a mule or horseback ride, pack a pair of jeans and sturdy shoes.

Travelers checks in Hawaii Must I take traveler's checks?
While traveler’s checks aren’t necessary, it is recommended that you carry some cash while visiting Molokai since not every storefront takes credit and/or debit cards and ATM’s may not be readily available.

When to visit Hawaii When is a good time to visit Molokai Island?
The weather in Molokai is pleasant year round. The Hawaiian games of the Ka Molokai Makahiki Festival are held in January and the Molokai Ka Hula Piko in May is a popular event celebrating the birth of the hula. Whale watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April.

Hilo airport distances How far is it from Molokai Airport (MKK) to:
Halawa Valley: 2 hours
Kaunakakai: 15 minutes
Maunaloa: 40 minutes

Passport requirements Hawaii Explore Molokai by region: 
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Hawaii phone area code What is the telephone area code for Molokai Island?
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).


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