SENIORS VISIT HAWAII’S ISLANDS

Apr 11th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Molokai… where is it and what is it?

The name “Molokai” sounds very Hawaiian, doesn’t it?  Yes, senior citizens, you’re right. Molokai is old Hawaii at its best. Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet) and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast.

Some call it “The Friendly Island” because in Molokai, the aloha spirit flourishes. On foot, by bike or by 4-wheel drive, seniors will find this island to be an outdoor adventure. Take the road less traveled and get red dirt in your shoes whether you’re hiking along the 1,700 foot cliffs leading to Kalaupapa National Historical Park or discovering Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s biggest white sand beaches.

The Molokai Visitor’s Center flourishes with information for senior visitors, with everything you will need to know prior to your visit,  from where to buy groceries, Molokai products to take home with you, the Calendar of Events and more.  Once you step foot on Molokai,  you’ll notice a quiet tranquility and an unspoiled, scenic environment highly inviting to senior travelers. From the beaches of West End and the southern coast of Central Molokai to the amphitheater-like valleys of the island, senior visitors will enjoy the beauty from any angle.

There are two ways to get to Molokai: a flight on a local air carrier from Oahu’s Honolulu International Airport Commuter Terminal (HNL) to Molokai Airport (MKK) or fly to Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui and take the daily inter-island ferry from neighboring Lahaina Harbor to Kaunakakai Harbor, twice a day. Ferry time is approximately 90 minutes.

Seniors, Love This Undiscovered Island

Serene seascapes. Unspoiled coastlines. Untamed wilderness. Visit Molokai and travel back to a timeless place. This is an island that stays true to its Hawaiian traditions, tucked away from the hustle of the outside world. Where no building is taller than a coconut tree. Where there’s no traffic and no traffic lights. Where you can feel the mana (power) of Hawaiian culture from an area near Maunaloa, said to be the birthplace of hula, to the natural wonders of Halawa Valley. Whether you’ve come to Molokai for a quiet escape or for outdoor adventures ranging from sports fishing to a memorable mule ride, you’ll fall in love with this undiscovered island.

Imagine the Hawaii of the past. Unspoiled country and untouched beaches. No skyscrapers or stoplights. The chance to truly live as the locals do. That’s Molokai today. The history of Molokai includes Father Damien, a 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai to console and care for the lepers.

Things To Do For Active Seniors
- Ride one of the sure-footed mules down the spectacular Kalaupapa sea cliff trail.
- Take a sport fishing boat out to catch your dinner.
- Sail to Lanai for the day to snorkel and laze around on deck.
- Scuba dive the pristine waters of Hawaii’s only barrier reef.
- Play a fast nine on the local municipal golf course.
- If you didn’t bring yours, rent some gear and go snorkeling, surfing or boogie boarding.
- Expand your cultural awareness by visiting an ancient Hawaiian heiau (temple).
- Rent a mountain bike and go touring.
- Learn Hawaiian fishing and hunting techniques, or try kayaking and reef trolling.

And for the Reclined Seniors
- Grab some shade under a palm tree and dive into that new novel you’ve been wanting to read.
- Take some sun screen and a towel to an empty beach.
- Visit the Molokai Museum & restored 19th century sugar mill.
- Don’t miss the spectacular view of Kalaupapa from the lookout.
- Visit a tropical flower farm and sew your own lei.
- Visit a macadamia nut farm to learn the secret of getting that delicious nut out of its hard shell.
- Visit a coffee plantation and enjoy a quiet cup of java or espresso.

This map will provide information should you decide to rent a car and explore on your own.  TripAdvisor suggests 52 things to see and do on Molokai. Check out the top-rated hotels and B&Bs too. These beautiful photos just might keep you off of Oahu for a while and headed over towards Molokai.   Learn more about this enticing island and then pack your bags for Kalaupapa Airport. You are in for a special treat.  jeb



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