Kaunakakai, HI, USA

Kaunakakai, HI, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 249 vacation rentals near Kaunakakai. From 145 condos to 72 villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kaunakakai for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Kaunakakai – your passport to the Friendly Isle

With clapboard buildings, steepled churches and not a traffic light in sight, Kaunakakai could be one of Hawaii's most authentic destinations. The town sits on Molokai, an off the beaten track island known for sandy beaches, soaring sea cliffs and laidback locals. In fact, it's so easygoing that Molokai markets itself as the "Friendly Isle". Want to embrace Molokai's aloha spirit? Championing a barefoot luxury approach, Kaunakakai vacation rentals unlock access to this slice of Pacific paradise. All you need to bring is good company.

Outdoor adventures in Kaunakakai

Every Saturday Kaunakakai throws a lively market that attracts vendors from across Molokai. Expect tropical fruits, organic veg, freshly caught seafood, local honey and more. For a quintessential taste of Kaunakakai get up early and stock up on treats from the famous Kanemitsu's Bakery. Coupled with freshly brewed coffee on the deck of your Kaunakakai vacation rental villa, it's a guaranteed way to elevate your breakfast to the next level.

Soak up Kaunakakai's royal roots

Just out of town you'll find the postcard-perfect Kapuaʻiwa Coconut Grove. Back in the 1800s, Molokai served as an island retreat for King Kamehameha V, who planted the grove next to his favorite bathing pools. It's especially beautiful at sunset, when the fronds acquire a golden glow. Just across the way is Church Row, where you'll find a cluster of pretty steepled churches, surrounded by emerald-green grass and swaying coconut palms.

Winter whale watching in Kaunakakai

Molokai enjoys a sultry tropical climate, with highs hovering around the 70s and 80s throughout the year. Spring, summer and fall are all gorgeous times to visit, with clear skies and calm water. From family-sized estates to beachfront condos, Kaunakakai vacation rentals make it easy to slip into island time with your loved ones. Winters usher in most of the island's rainfall, though there's also every chance of sunshine and it's always warm enough to swim. You'll also catch peak whale-watching season, with 1000s of humpbacks migrating along the Molokai coast.

Cliffs and coconut palms in Kaunakakai

With a rich indigenous heritage and an untouched landscape, locals boast that Molokai is the most authentic Hawaiian island. In fact, by law, no building is allowed to be taller than a coconut palm. Kaunakakai is Molokai's biggest town and is a great base for exploring the island's lush rainforests, rainbow-hued reefs and soaring sea cliffs. Intrepid travelers will jump at the chance to visit the dramatic Kalaupapa Peninsula, one of Hawaii's best kept secrets. Hemmed in by 2000-foot high cliffs, it's accessible only by air, mule or on foot.