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Review: Hotel Molokai, Hawaii

Friday November 7, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 4 Comments

If Hotel Molokai were any closer to the water, it would be considered a floating hotel. Literally steps from the Pacific Ocean, resting on the shores of Kamiloloa Beach, this Polynesian-styled hotel offers 57 air-conditioned rooms in Molokai, Hawaii.
 

"Hotel Molokai"

Hotel Molokai in Hawaii. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


 

Four ocean front rooms offer the best views, while standard rooms deliver the best value. Kitchenette rooms sleep up to four people – ideal for families or couples traveling together on vacation.
 


 

Authentic Hawaii

With Polynesian decor and shake roofs, the boutique Hotel Molokai is popular with locals and island visitors. Time your stay with a Friday night and you’ll experience Na kapuna – the elder’s jam poolside with guitar and ukulele. The singing and dancing takes place from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“We’re all about service,” says Hotel Molokai General Manager Michael Drew.
 

"Hotel Molokai" pool

Take a dip in the pool. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


 

"Kamiloloa Beach", Molokai, Hawaii

Kamiloloa Beach steps from your room. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


 

sunrise, "Hotel Molokai", Hawaii

Molokai sunrise. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


 

There is a $5.00 daily resort fee, but it includes internet, a computer kiosk in the lobby, free phone calls to anywhere in the United States, a light continental breakfast, movie lending library and the use of snorkel gear and beach towels. I liked the hammocks scattered about the property, the swimming pool and the Philosophy bathroom products.
 

"Hotel Molokai" king room

Ocean front king room. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


 

My king ocean front room, #136, rented for $269. per night. Check the website for current pricing and special package deals for this authentic Hawaiian hotel.
 

Insider Tip
Let manager Michael Drew buy you a drink on Monday evening at the hotel bar next to Kamiloloa Beach. For additional insider tips follow Northern California Travel Writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter and Hotel Molokai on Twitter @hotelmolokai.
 

"Molokai" hammock, hotel

Relax in Molokai. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

If You Go:
Hotel Molokai (808) 553-5347 or (877) 553-5347
1300 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, Hawaii
 

Hotel review, photos and video courtesy of Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Molokai Visitors Bureau, however, all opinions are my own.

Review: Wavecrest Resort, Molokai, Hawaii

Friday October 31, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 1 Comment

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.

Molokai, Hawaii: Things to Do

Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 4 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.