Molokai is often called the “Most Hawaiian Island” for several reasons. One is that more people there are of Hawaiian blood than anywhere else. Another reason is that Molokai is decidedly undeveloped. There are no buildings taller than a palm tree, no fancy resorts, not even a traffic light. It is also spacious and private, with only about 8,000 residents on the whole island. Many people still follow the old ways of life, including surviving on the fish they catch in the ocean and the wild pigs and deer they hunt on the range.

This is definitely the place to come to enjoy Hawaii ’s natural beauty, especially if you’re seeking outdoor adventures or peace and quiet. Be prepared to slow down and forgo the typical tourist attractions. Attractions on Molokai include Hawaii ’s highest waterfall, the world’s tallest sea cliffs, rainforests, coral reefs, sand dunes, hidden coves, miles of pristine, empty beaches, and a fantastic collection of fishponds. The Kalokoeli Fishpond is one example of the sophisticated form of aquaculture practiced by the ancient Hawaiians.

Though nicknamed the “friendly island,” locals are not always entirely receptive. Though never hostile, they tend to be somewhat reserved toward the 70,000 visitors who come each year.