Welcome to the island of Molokai. No traffic, no crowds, not a single stoplight, just a tropical island paradise left alone by time. This is the Hawaii of yesterday: the 'real' Hawaii. Situated ideally on the sunny west side of the island, my fully equipped and roomy 2 bdrm/2 bath condo is within walking distance to several breathtaking beaches including Kepuhi, Pohaku Mauliuli Beach (a.k.a. Make Horse), and Papohaku: Hawaii's longest white sand beach. As a guest at the Ke Nani Kai condos, you will enjoy free use of the tennis courts, swimming pool and jacuzzi. A friendly management staff is available to answer any questions you may have during your stay. .
Condo contains full kitchen (dishwasher, blender, cookware, dishware, full-sized refrigerator, oven, and utensils). Washing machine and dryer inside unit. Cable TV / DVD. Hi speed cable internet.
Ke Nani Kai: Located on Molokai's sunny west coast in the master-planned Kaluakoi Resort is Ke Nani Kai, a complex of 120 low rise condominiums nestled between the 8th and 17th fairways of the Kaluakoi Golf Course. The spacious apartments are tastefully furnished to reflect the tropical beauty that surrounds them. To compliment the resort, there are two championship tennis courts, a luxurious 60-foot free-form pool with accompanying heated whirlpool and BBQ area.
Artwork: The condo features the paintings of Maui artist, Nancy Hoke. Keep an eye out for her work in Lahaina's galleries if you happen to spend any time in Maui.
How to get here: Molokai is a 20 minute flight from Honolulu or Maui. To get to Molokai, you will need to make inter-island flight arrangements on one of the following carriers:
Island Air (8 flights daily) 1-800-323-3345
You can also book flights through Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Both use Island Air for their Molokai flights
Ferry Service is available daily between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai, Molokai. PH: 1-800-275-6969 or visit www.molokaiferry.com
Car rental agencies:
Alamo - at airport
National - at Hotel Molokai
Island Kine Auto Rentals 808-553-5242 or 1-866-527-7368 (toll free)
This is a superb location for exploring some of the gorgeous (and empty) beaches on the west end of Molokai. Make sure to visit the Kalaupapa lookout and perhaps hike down to the Kalaupapa peninsula (and see the world's tallest sea cliffs). Hike to Halawa falls on the other side of the island, enjoy safe year-round swimming at Dixie's Beach just down the road, or hang around the condo and enjoy the pool and the jacuzzi (the only one on the island - and it's a really good one), ping pong table, and tennis courts. Wonderful surf break right out back. Kualapu'u Cookhouse just next to the coffee plantation (another 'not to miss'). Cook at home or at on site barbecues. Try the Pizza Cafe and don't miss Hotel Molokai. Line up at the bakery at midnight, enjoy tasty vegetarian food at the Outpost. Get acquainted with small town island life. Slow down - you're on Molokai.
Other Activities: whale watching, stargazing, sunset watching, shell collecting, hiking
Golf: Voted '#3 Most Thrilling Hole in Hawaii - Kaluakoi Hole No. 3, par 3,184 yards' - Seattle Post Intelligencer by Tracy Cabot and Marshall Whitfield. Course architect Robin Nelson and NBC golf analyst Mark Rolfing helped finalize the selection and arranged the holes in the best playing sequence.
Kaluakoi Golf Course is a recently reopened and refurbished 18-hole Par 72 golf course designed by Theodore 'Ted' Robinson that combines challenging golf with a visual experience that takes advantage of the unparalleled West Molokai views with beautiful ocean views and island contours with open range land blending with the untouched wilderness. You will find 'no waiting' for this oceanfront golf course. Using the natural terrain and narrow fairways, there are some tough bunkers and water hazards to maneuver around. The first 9 holes are at sea level with panoramic views over the isolated 3 mile white sand Papohaku Beach towards the island of Oahu in the distance. A stiff wind is often present as this course provides a scenic and challenging experience.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website: