A Wonderful Time In Old Hawaii
Molokai is known as "the friendly isle," a place to slow down, relax, and enjoy -- and it started with our first contact with Richard, the owner, whose advice was so helpful in planning our trip; continuing with Cathi, the awesome caretaker and concierge, who delivered this beautiful home in spotless condition and helped us navigate daily life on the island. Best of all, everyone on Molokai was friendly and helpful -- driving down the road waving, saying welcome. It was a trip to old Hawaii -- no traffic lights, few tourists, a small main town, and a 45 mph speed limit.
Playa Rental is on the west end of the island, about 25 miles from the main town of Kaunakakai, and is part of the original Molokai Ranch, thousands of acres of rolling hills and endless sky. The setting is astonishing -- five acres and a small cove all to ourselves. The house is spacious, well designed, with comfortable and tasteful furnishings. It was difficult to leave this little piece of heaven, but there is much to explore on Molokai.
About a mile down the road at its end is Dixie Maru Beach, probably the best swimming beach on the west side of the island. We shared the beach with only one other family. A couple of miles in the other direction is Popohaku Beach, a spectacular three mile long white sand beach -- great for walking, but the surf was too turbulent for easy swimming.
We spent much of our time in the water on the southeast coast along the 28 miles of fringing reef. We spent two mornings on a boat (Molokai Fish and Dive, at the gas station in Kaunakakai -- Tim is a great guy, so very helpful) -- snorkeling, swimming with turtles and so many beautiful fish. When not on the boat, we swam out to the reef -- about .25-.5 mile off shore. At points we were at the edge of a section of the reef where it drops down 30 feet. It was very exciting swimming in this wild, powerful sea.
Kaunakakai is small -- very small. In the morning, there are fishermen selling ahi from their pickup. One day we bought a bag of 30 shrimp from a woman selling from her van. The Friendly Market is exactly that -- with people chatting in the aisles with their friends. Outpost Natural Foods and Kamu Farms provide great organic produce.
At the end of the day, we were back at our secluded retreat. We sat on the large porch, listening to the waves crashing and birds singing, watching the sunsets and the stars and the moon.
Richard and Cathi, Aloha and Mahalo. We are already planning our next visit.
Families with Young Children,
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