With buildings no taller than coconut trees and the absence of traffic lights, Molokai, Hawaii's 5th largest island, is steeped in local Hawaiian tradition and culture. Hotels in Molokai range from vacation rentals, private beach houses and bungalows, and bed and breakfasts. The only Molokai hotel available is aptly named Hotel Molokai, and is located in the town of Kaunakakai. The hotel is found on the exquisite beach of Kamiloloa.
Visit this island in the month of May to experience the legendary Hawaiian dance, fabled to have originated from Molokai itself. The hula schools across the state gather here every year to perform an ancient hula dance, hardly ever performed in front of an audience.
Guests can find treasures that are unique to this island in places like the Big Wind Kite Factory, which specializes in the most colorful handmade kites and windsocks in Hawaii.
Snorkelers and scuba divers alike will savor Hawaii's lengthiest reef, which is 28 miles in length. With a beautiful array of naturally occurring "finger" coral and reef fish, check out Kumimi Beach, a popular haunt among snorkelers.
Walk around Kalaupapa National History Park of Molokai, which is accessible only by hike, mule, or airplane. The Kalaupapa peninsula is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world, which range from 3,600 to 3,900 feet in height.
Drop by between December and May to take a glimpse at the humpback whales that pay homage to the island.
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