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May 8, 2011 - Molokai -- Now in Hindsight
Today would take us from MP 13, on the eastern part of Molokai, back through the main village of Kaunakakai, on on to the small Molokai airport. But even before departing we had yet another reminder of how different this Island is from other Islands we’ve visited in Hawaii. As we turned off the narrow lane leading to the airport, we had a greater understanding of the only signage a visitor sees here when leaving the airport. One of the three small signs reads: “Slow down, this is Molokai”. That’s exactly what we’d found ourselves doing...Jump to full entry
May 7, 2011 - There has to be a "last" day...
Our last full day on Molokai -- and it’s been a very busy week. It was our thought on Day One that we’d just cruise this rather small island, with its perhaps 75 miles of paved “main highway”, to just scope out where we might want to go for each following day. As it turns out, we’ve spent virtually all of our time here just accomplishing what we thought we’d do on Day One. We now know a LOT of places we’d like to spend more time; but we have none of that commodity left. Maybe a return trip at some point would resolve that dilemma. Following...Jump to full entry
May 5, 2011 - A Trip to Molokai's West End
Today we’d try to accomplish that which we’d fail to accomplish yesterday: We’d finally get to the west end of Molokai. That’s only a distance of some 20 miles from the Island’s town center in Kuanakakai, but yesterday we failed to reach it. Today would be different. We were aware that it had rained overnight, which is not something uncommon to the tropics. But we were a bit surprised when, in route to town this morning we came to a low point in the road that we’d passed before, and which warned of flooding conditions in the event of rain....Jump to full entry
May 4, 2011 - A Day of Diversions...
On our first day we had in mind simply driving the few roads on Molokai to get an overall feel for the entire island, with the thought that the rest of our time here could be more focused. As it turned out, we only made it 15 miles to the east end of the Island and back. So we we had a less ambitious goal for today: Just get to the west end of the Island and back. Short story: We didn’t make that goal either... We spent a bit of time this morning exploring “downtown” Kuanakakai, with its very authentic old architecture. Everything moves at...Jump to full entry
May 3, 2011 - End of the road...
The previous evening we’d arrived in total darkness, stumbling around a very quiet condo complex far from the only town trying to find “Building A”, and then our unit, #112. Since the buildings were not lighted on the outside, we actually knocked on one door to ask the occupant where we’d find “Building A”. After a bit of trial and error, we located #112, and ended the day without our first real glimpse of Molokai. With the coming of daylight this morning we had our very first look at Molokai. Wow! There are very few roads on Molokai, and...Jump to full entry
May 2, 2011 - Getting There is Half the Fun (?)
It takes more than a few hours to get from PDX to Molokai. Hawaiian airlines offers non-stop flights from Portland to Honolulu or Maui, but then there’s an unavoidable wait of a few more hours to catch the short hop on to Molokai. The inter-island flights are waaaaaay far away from the main terminal area. And unlike the large airplanes that span the long distance between the US Mainland and Hawaii, by comparison the aircraft we were now seeing, while admittedly colorful, ranged between small and tiny. Our layover should have been just...Jump to full entry