Today is all about beachy fun and relaxation and moving at a snail's pace.
General: DIY / How-To
|Guide Series: Molokai Vacation Itinerary
Today there is no need for a super early start but after a nice breakfast, let's get you out to the west side of Molokai and hit some beaches over there. Bring some water and snacks as well, there aren't exactly tons of food options out there.
First up, make a stop at the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove. This is an ancient Hawaiian coconut grove that was planted back in the 1860s during the reign of King Kamehameha V. You'll find hundreds of coconut palms here and it's actually one of Molokai’s most recognizable natural landmarks so a great place to stop for a photo opportunity.
If you've never been around coconut trees before, you need to know that a full coconut (before the small brown part is pulled out) is large and heavy. They're about the size and weight of a bowling ball and tend to randomly fall off the trees all on their own. See where I'm going with this yet? That's right, walking around in the grove can be very dangerous so you'll want to stick to the grassy area off the highway and not venture into the groves.
A second fun stop along the way to our west coast beach destination is the Molokai Plumeria Orchard. This is a large plumeria orchard that makes for a great backdrop for some photos or just a place to stop and enjoy the smell of plumeria infused air. If you haven't smelled plumeria before you'll want to stop here just to get a sniff. If Hawaii has a scent, this is it. They'll even ship you fresh plumerias so you can have have that fresh Hawaii goodness in your home.
Let's keep heading west, to Papohaku Beach Park / Three Mile Beach as our first beach destination of the day. Splash in the water, read a book, do whatever you like here and spend as much time as you want. But we also want you to see nearby Kepuhi Beach as well as Dixie Maru Cove (Kapukahehu Beach) while you're out here so split your time up to see them all.
You're probably ready to head back to get a real lunch but let's make one quick stop on the way back at Big Wind Kite Factory. That's right, a kite factory. Stop in and look around and maybe you'll want to buy a souvenir of your time on Molokai to take home with you. I've heard so many people mention how much they love this place that I had to toss it in to your itinerary.
Go grab some lunch and when you're done our next stop will be at the Molokai Museum and Cultural Center. The center was built back in 1878 and was once a sugar mill. This is going to fall more on the educational and historical side of your Molokai trip but it's worth a stop to see how life here once was.
Next, we'll head over to Coffees of Hawaii. As you can guess, this place is all about coffee so it's another great place to buy some souvenirs for yourself or the coffee lover in your life.
The next place is not to be missed, and is a true favorite of so many Molokai visitors. I am, of course, talking about Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nut Farm. This farm grows and sells macadamia nuts but they'll also educate you on all aspects of these nuts as well as let you crack your own nuts. Crack your own macadamia nuts that is. It's fun for the whole family and if you have kids then let the nut jokes begin! Remember, this is sleepy Molokai and so nut cracking at Purdy's is about as crazy as it gets here!
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