Review: Wavecrest Resort, Molokai, Hawaii

Friday October 31, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 0 Comments

If you are planning a visit to Molokai, Hawaii, there are plenty of things to see and do on the island, but not so many hotel choices. There is the Hotel Molokai and several condominium rental options.

"Wavecrest Resort"

Beach views at Wavecrest Resort. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown



I stayed two nights at the Wavecrest Resort by way of Molokai Vacation Properties. You’ll need to check the website for each individual rental, as condominiums range from clean and basic to recently remodeled. My one bedroom, #107, located in the “C” building did not offer air conditioning, but the full-size refrigerator kept my bottled water and healthy snacks cold during my stay. As an added bonus, there was a washer and dryer inside the condo, as well as beach towels to use at the beach and swimming pool on site.

"Wavecrest Resort", Molokai, Hawaii

Kitchen, living room combination. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

"Wavecrest" condominium

One bedroom condominium. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

"Wavecrest Resort" condominium

Wavecrest Building C. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


As I typically stay in luxury hotels, I forgot to pack shampoo and conditioner on this trip – a gentle reminder that condominium stays are different than hotel stays offering those types of amenities. Fortunately, Molokai has several grocery stores on island with plenty of shampoo, fresh fruit and coffees grown on island – try the Muleskinner dark roast, locally grown and produced on Molokai.
My condominium required a three night minimum stay and rented for $105 per night. Check the website for current rates.

Insider Tip
If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. I slept with the windows open in my bedroom and awoke to the sound of crowing roosters at 3:30 in the morning both nights of my stay. Good thing you are beautiful Molokai, as I do like a good nights sleep. For additional insider tips follow Northern California Travel Writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter and Molokai on Twitter @seeMolokai.

If You Go:
Wavecrest Resort
Molokai, Hawaii

Condominium review, video and photos courtesy of Lodging Editor Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Molokai Visitors Bureau while researching an article for another publication.

Kamikaze Fireflies: A Laugh-Out-Loud Must-See

Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 0 Comments

Kamikaze Fireflies: A Delightful Duo of a Must-See Fun

Kamikaze Fireflies: A Delightful Duo of a Must-See Fun

Ever since my son had a hankering to pick up a sword for some playtime swashbuckling, we’ve headed to Ohio’s Renaissance Festival for a perfect fall outing. The Kamikaze Fireflies are what bring me back over and over, and are a laugh-out-loud must-see. Fortunately, this dynamic duo–Rob Williams and Casey Martin, take their unique brand of high energy comedy and daredevil antics everywhere and anywhere.

This year, one of the Kamikaze Fireflies’ anywheres was the stage of America’s Got Talent. Alas, they didn’t win but they did get a standing ovation and a rockin’ TV appearance.  Nick Cannon shimmying up Rob to stand on Rob’s shoulders was part of the routine.

In between calling out for people at the Ohio Renaissance Festival to come take a seat at their performance space, promising a grand finale, Rob told me what a boost the America’s Got Talent gig has been for them.

The stacked chairs and juggling routine.

The stacked chairs and juggling routine.

Walking on stilts, building a tower of chairs and balancing on top, making a bologna sandwich complete with mayonnaise and a pickle using nothing but Rob’s bare feet, and getting audience members to do things like help Rob and Casey balance on top of 20-foot poles so they can juggle flaming torches as if its child’s play are part of their act that combines circus with vaudeville.

The child’s play feel is part of the routine that Rob and Casey flavor with impish glee as they work through their routines that don’t seem like work at all. No matter what they are doing, the banter between them and with the audience is a seamless flow of jokes and joshes.  This was the 5th time we’ve seen them, and I found myself as charmed and delighted as ever.

With the Ohio Renaissance Festival over, the Kamikaze Fireflies are flitting elsewhere. This couple who hails from California never seems to be at home. Their next stops are:

Texas Renaissance Festival
11/1/14 – 11/2/14 

 -A perfect fall day with Casey calling out for an audience in the background

-A perfect fall day with Casey calling out for an audience in the background

Louisiana Renaissance Festival
11/11/12 – 11/13/14 ; 11/15/14 -11/15/14; 11/22/14 – 11/23/14

In 2015, look for them at the Renaissance festivals in Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The KamikazeFireflies’ website will have an updated list of locations and dates of their appearances.

As for me, I’ll see them again next October, an autumn pleasure I’ve come to count on.

Post and last two photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein. First photo courtesy of Kamikaze Fireflies.



Molokai, Hawaii: Things to Do

Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

Are you visiting Molokai, Hawaii for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do on the Friendly Isle.

"Halawa Valley", "Molokai", Hawaii

Halawa Valley, Molokai, Hawaii. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

When I have a visitor from out of town, the most authentic Molokai experiences I suggest are the mule ride to Kalaupapa National Historical Park – a former prison where leprosy patients, also known as Hansen’s Disease, were banished and a visit to Halawa Valley. You must have a tour guide to access Halawa Valley as this is private property.

"Papohaku Beach", Molokai, Hawaii

Papohaku Beach. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

If this is a romantic trip, I recommend Lookout Point or Papohaku beach for kissing with a view.


Good Eats on Molokai

If you are looking for typical island cuisine Molokai Drive Inn or Kaulapuu Cookhouse offer plate lunch type specials.

The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Coffees of Hawaii – try the Muleskinner dark roast, 100% from Molokai. Stop by Kumu Farms for certified organic papayas and the best apple bananas on island. They also have beautiful flowers and are only five minutes from the airport.

pink torch ginger blossom "Kumu Farms", "Molokai" Hawaii

Pink Torch ginger blossom from Kumu Farms. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Looking for cheap food on the island, try Molokai Burger. Be warned, there’s no late night dining on island unless you go on a late night “bread run” to Kanemitsu’s Bakery – a must do!

Looking for fine dining on Molokai? You’ll need to head over to Lanai.

"Kanemitsu's Bakery", Molokai, Hawaii

Kanemitsu’s Bakery. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Things to do in Molokai
Seeing more locals than tourists on island? Molokai is known for having the most native Hawaiians and offers the slow pace of old Hawaii.

When you come to Molokai, get your picture taken at Lookout Point.

"Gregory Kawaimaka Solatorio" poi, Molokai, Hawaii

Gregory Kawaimaka Solatorio makes poi. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Once on island, outdoor lovers will want to hike Halawa Valley. This is also the place to learn about authentic island culture and how to make poi from the taro plant.

Looking for a little exercise? Kayak or SUP (stand up paddle) along the largest fringing reef in the United States. I recommend Molokai Outdoors Activities, as they keep groups small and personal.

If you are a museum lover, stop by the Sugar Museum.

Looking for exciting night life, take the ferry to Maui. There is live music every Friday at Hotel Molokai  4-6 pm – it’s the elder’s jam (na kapuna). Older residents come poolside and play ukulele and sing/dance. It’s not a nightclub offering loud rock music – it’s more like a family reunion without a cover charge. Paddler’s Inn has live music often. There are many talented local musicians on island.

The Molokai Dispatch is the local newspaper and will keep you posted on what’s happening on island.

kayak, Molokai, Hawaii

Kayak along the largest fringing reef in the United States. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


In May, Ka Hula Piko celebrates the birthplace of Hula.

In July check out the Molokai2Oahu Paddleboard Race.

The Pailolo Challenge, Maui to Molokai –an outrigger canoe race – takes place in September.

Na Wahine O Ke Kai (women’s 41 mile outrigger canoe paddling competition departs Molokai and ends on Oahu – usually in September and Molokai Hoe the men’s outrigger canoe paddling competition usually happens in October.

For the horse lovers, the Molokai Stampede takes place at Kapualei Ranch in November.

Insider Tip:

After hiking Halawa Valley, have breakfast or lunch on the way down at Mana’e Goods and Grindz.

What are your favorite things to do on Molokai? For additional insider tips follow Northern California Travel Writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter and Destination Molokai on Twitter @seeMolokai.

Photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Molokai Visitors Bureau.