West End Molokai

Molokai for a quiet retreat featuring some of the state’s largest and least visited beaches, you won’t find traffic lights, neon signs, fast food outlets, or anything taller than an island palm tree. The small plantation town of Maunaloa offers unique shopping.

The arid West End faces the Kaiwi Channel, the treacherous, 41-mile stretch of Pacific Ocean that is the arena for the annual Molokai Hoe canoe competition (October), raced from Hale O Lono Harbor in Molokai to Waikiki on Oahu. The western coast is also home to Papohaku Beach, one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii, and Kapukahehu Beach (also known as Dixie Maru Beach) a perfect spot for romantic Molokai sunsets. 

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Explore Molokai by region: CentralEast End.

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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.


Maunaloa Molokai

This small, charming plantation village set in the hills above the coast is the only town in West End. The Maunaloa area is nearby two popular Molokai beaches, Papohaku Beach and Kapukahehu Beach (also known as Dixie Maru Beach) on the western coast and is also a great place to find rental condominiums and cottages. You’ll also find unique shops and galleries in Maunaloa town.

Location: 20 minutes west of Molokai Airport.

Papohaku Beach

Papohaku Beach Molokai

Take a trip to Papohaku Beach (also known as Three Mile Beach) and discover three miles of soft-sands uninterrupted down Molokai's west end. One of Hawaii's largest white sand beaches at about 100 yards wide, there's plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the “Friendly Island” ambience, uncrowded and blissfully silent.

Here you'll find campsites, indoor and outdoor showers, as well as picnic and restroom facilities, what you won't find is a lot of foot traffic. 

Location: From Maunaloa town, take Kaluakoi Road to the western coast.

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