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Molokai Lifestyle and Culture

Hula dancers Legend tells us that Laka, goddess of the hula, gave birth to the dance on Molokai, at a very sacred place in Ka'ana.

Ka Hula Piko is celebrated on Molokai every May, honoring the birth of hula in Hawaii.
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Molokai pineapple Molokai once contained the largest pineapple plantation in the world covering over 17,000 acres of land.

What happened to the Hawaiian Pineapple on Molokai?
The water sports alone will give you plenty to choose from. Sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling  and scuba diving (incredible because of the miles of amazing barrier reefs), body boarding  surfing, outrigger canoeing, ocean kayaking and don’t forget the great fishing.
And for you land lubbers, how about horseback riding, golfing, hiking, biking or you can forget it all and do nothing but relax
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Ocean waveThe Molokai Channel is considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world.
Molokai is the Friendly Isle
Molokai beach Molokai is the fifth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago; 260 square miles (420 sq km) in area, 38 miles (61km) long, and ten miles (16km) wide at its widest point.

All of the Hawaiian Islands were created by volcanoes. Molokai was born from two large sea mounts, Kamakou in the east at 4970 feet (1813 meters) elevation, and Maunaloa in the west at only 1381 feet (503 meters), some time later a third and much smaller caldera, Kauhako, gave rise to Makanalua which formed the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north side.
Culture and Lifestyle on Molokai
Plumeria blossom Sometimes referred to as the most Hawaiian island because nearly 45% of the estimated population of 8,000 are of Hawaiian decent.

If you are looking for Aloha and the old Hawaii, Molokai is the place to find it. The island people are laid back and friendly. You could find yourself on a long white sandy beach and your footprints would be the only ones you see. There isn’t much traffic on Molokai, there isn’t even a stop light on the entire island.

Kalaupapa has a well known reputation as a leprosy colony of the past. Hansen's disease, the proper term for leprosy, was known as Ma'i Pake, the “Chinese sickness” believed to have spread to Hawaii from China.

The first documented case of leprosy occurred in 1835. Its rapid spread and unknown cure precipitated the urgent need for complete and total isolation. In 1866, the first leprosy victims were shipped to Kalaupapa and existed for 7 years before Father Damien arrived.

Mules are used to get to the formerly forbidden village of Kalaupapa, now the Kalaupapa National Historical Park.  You will travel down 1,700 feet of spectacular sea cliffs to reach your destination. The Guinness Book of World Records lists these cliffs as the highest  sea cliffs in the world.

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