Last year, I brought my 13 year old, Grace to Molokai and we both loved it. She loved the beaches and renting a jeep, I loved the history, country feel of the island and tasty plate lunches. We both loved the people. Because Grace was under 16, hence not allowed to go to Kalaupapa State Park, we didn't make the trek or donkey ride down to see this historical site. 1. Let the wind guide you
Kayak or stand-up paddleboard on a downwinder — trade winds that blow down from the east end of Molokai to Kamalo — along the remote eastern shore and you’ll be sure to see ancient fish ponds and possibly even see a turtle or two. Claire Seeger Mawae runs Molokai Outdoors and can accommodate most adventurous spirits,. Grace and I shared a board during a down winder on the East side of the island, and I still smile remembering how she was positioned on the front of the board to tan, and would be annoyed if she got wet. I loved the clear water and wild environment and feeling that we were the only people on the planet. molokai-outdoors.com
2. Take a private swim.
The waters of Molokai are said to have healing powers and Dixie Maru Cove on the west side of the island is a great place to swim for all levels. Although it’s popular, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only one on the beach. What could be more healing than that? On the road to Dixie Maru, you'll pass by Papohaku, one of the longest white sand beaches in the state and worth a quick detour and walk. The water is pretty rough, so I'd save your swim for Dixie Maru.
3. Stay the night.
Hotel Molokai is the only official hotel on the island. Despite the lack of competition, everyone on staff, including general manager Michael Drew, seems intent on making your stay the best possible. Choose an open-air bungalow or a room with a private lanai. Rooms start at $149. hotelmolokai.com
4. Go casual.
Whether you opt for fresh poke from Big Daddy’s on Ala Malama Street, or one of the generous plate lunches at Kalaupu’u Cookhouse, Molokai can easily keep up with the other islands’ farm-to-table cuisine. However here, shoes and shirt can be interpreted as flip flops and a tank top. visitmolokai.com
5. Enjoy a (and buy) book.
Molokai is known as the piko (belly button) of the islands, but it is possible that Kalele Bookstore is the Pu’uwai (heart). Run by Auntie Teri, the one-room shop is a community gathering place, bookstore and a gift shop that features Molokai made treats. molokaispirit.com