Moloka'i is the "last" Hawaiian island (you can visit) that remains largely unscarred by large hotels and the tourism industry. It's not a wealthy place, and for those accustomed to being pampered & served mai-tais on their beach lounger, you're likely to be disappointed. If, however, you're interested in some self-guided exploration, some low-key peace and quiet, and a bit of "eco-tourism", then your sense of adventure will be awakened here. At about 300 sq./mi., Moloka'i is the fourth largest island in Hawaii. With a population of about 8,000, the island is uncrowded & unhurried. Lacking are the chain stores & restaurants of the main islands. Sorry, no McDonalds here. Moloka'i is generally for those who have already been to the four main islands & want a unique old-style Hawaiian experience. Moloka'i is truly the most Hawaiian island. On Moloka'i time seems to stand still. Just a 15 minute flight from the rat race of Honolulu, you are transported seemingly 100 years back in time. It is said that when Hawaiians want to see Hawaii, they come to Moloka'i . Here you feel the aloha like no other island. For it's all about the aloha, & the beauty of the aina. (the land) A very dry west side of the island is marked with massive expanses of white sand beach & rolling hills. Moloka'i Ranch has closed, & most of the west end has shut down with it. The beaches on the west end are beautiful & quiet, very worth visiting. You may be bored if you stay on the west side though. The only resort there is called Kaluakoi. There is no bar, entertainment, stores or social scene. The exception is if you are a golfer, then Kaluakoi may be for you. The east end of the island is lush, green & mountainous, & can be visited by way of the lone winding coastal road. The east end is by far more beautiful than the west. Most of the attractions on Moloka'i are to be found here. This is also where you will find the island's only real town, Kaunakakai. Food can be found at casual dining establishments around Kaunakakai. Hula Grill at Hotel Moloka'i is the only choice for fine dining, albeit in casual, oceanfront Moloka'i style. Hula Grill also has the only real bar on the island. Yes, it's the one place where you can get that mai-tai served on a beach lounger. It is a fun & friendly establishment, where if you stay awhile, everyone will know your name, & you will know theirs. They have live Hawaiian entertainment nightly, most especially Fri./Sat. This is also where the locals hang out. For accommodations, Hotel Moloka'i is ok, but not a favorite choice for most. There are two fine choices for fully-equipped beachfront condos on the east side. They are Moloka'i Shores, near Kaunakakai town, & Moloka'i Wavecrest, 12 miles to the east. A little further east are the Dunbar cottages. There are only two cottages, so book well ahead. They are both two bedroom, & offer quiet beachfront solitude. There are also a handful of bed & breakfasts, & luxury home rentals available on this side. For transportation, you WILL need a rental car. Alamo is the most convenient, as it's the only one located right at the airport. There are a few other rental agencies in town, but you are not sure what you will get. For added adventure, rent a 4wd jeep. Moloka'i has miles & miles of dirt 4wd roads, many of which end at an empty secret beach with your name right on it. Traffic is light island wide. At times, you can drive several miles without passing another car. There are no traffic lights or parking meters either. Wild deer can cross the road at any time, so be alert, especially at night. Be advised that Moloka'i has a vibrant & prolific insect population. Most don't bite, but they do seem to be everywhere. Air conditioning in the rental rooms is not the style here, so you'll want to keep your windows open. Even with screens, the little bugs find their way in by the dozens. At night they especially love to watch t.v. with you. A can of flying insect spray is advisable.