The island of Molokai covers about 260 square miles, and is twenty-five miles from Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel. The lights of Honolulu can be seen from Molokai holidays accommodation. The biggest town on the island is Kaunakakai, which is one of two small ports. The airport is on the west side of Molokai, with frequent daily flights to Honolulu and other islands.
The east side of Molokai is a high plateau that reaches about 4,900 feet elevation, covered with a lush forest that gets plenty of rain throughout the year. The low western half of Molokai is usually dry, with much less vegetation. Kalapaupa National Historical Park sits on an isolated peninsula on the north side of Molokai, the former site of the famous leper colony founded by Father Damien. St. Philomena church was built by Father Damien, which has recently been restored. Although limited access is allowed by mule or airplane, during the winter and spring Kalapaupa is a favorite whale-watching spot.
At Maunaloa on the west side of Molokia is Ka’ana, the sacred pasture where according to Hawaiian legend the goddess Hula was born. Adjacent to the Molokai Museum is the historic R. W. Meyer sugar mill, a preserved sugar plantation depicting the early agricultural history of Molokai. Papuhaku Beach spans three miles of white sand on the west end of the island near the Kaluakoi Hotel, a popular place which is the pride of Molokai.
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