There are six main Hawaiian Islands – the most developed one being O’ahu Island where the city of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are both located along with all the big name hotels and resorts. The other main islands are Kaua’I, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and Hawai’i Island- and each island is special.
Lana’i Island – is a small island just 13 miles x 18 miles long. There are around 3000 people living on the island so it is a big contrast to the big city feel of Honolulu. Ferries run to and from Lahaina on Maui to Lana’i and take about half an hour to cross over the channel. You might even see dolphins on the way.
If you love the quietness, solitude of an island away from the crowds this is the island to head to, and if you enjoy playing golf, the courses here can be both challenging but also have great locations too.
There are two big resorts with all the amenities, restaurants and bars – the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay ( 1 Manele Bay Road) on the coast and in the mountains there is the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i “The Lodge at Koele”, (1 Keomoku Highway)both offering the same level of service and luxury but in completely different surrounds.
At the Four Seasons at Manele Bay there is the great swimming pool and other activities, while in the Lodge in the Highlands there are the gardens surrounding the lake, horse stables for riding, clay shooting and archery to enjoy.
The island itself has just 48 kilometres of paved roads, but you can also go off-road to see other places in the highlands taking a 4WD tour. Originally the island supplied most of the world’s pineapples, but now most of the island has reverted to natural bush and vegetation. Tall Cook Island pine trees can be seen throughout the highlands.
Places to see –
Moloka’i Island –
Moloka’i Island is a long narrow island about 37 miles long and just 10 miles wide with a long 27 mile long coral reef just off the southern coastline- and is said to be where the Hula Dance was first created. The island is quite different to most of the other islands and doesn’t have the big name hotels and resorts that you may have come to expect. In fact there are no High Rise buildings or buildings that are higher than two storeys, but there are places to stay including small hotels, condominiums, Bed & breakfast places and other places
The island itself is just 26 miles southeast of Honolulu and 8 miles west of Maui, with Lana’i to the south about 10 miles too. The main town is Kaunakakai on the south side of the island where about 3000 of the island’s 8000 population live, with about 45% of the population having Hawaiian ancestry.
Everything is just a short distance away – with the Highway running from Halawa in the east through Kaunakakai (Highway 450) to Maunaloa in the west (Highway 460) with smaller roads leading to different parts of the island. Much of the north coast is almost sheer cliffs coming off the mountain side, so you will no doubt spend most of your time in Moloka’i on the southern side.
THINGS TO SEE –
Moloka’i Island has retained its charm and small town/island feel and being small it is easy to get around and see the island’s scenery and places of interest. The reef is certainly the main attraction, but the other parts of the island and the people you meet will make for an enjoyable stay.