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Molokai | Top Scenic Spots

Molokai, in its entirety is a top scenic spot. With only 7k permanent residents, no traffic lights, neon, or malls, it's easy to understand why it's commonly referred to as the 'old Hawaii.' On the northeast side of the island is Mo'omomi, a nature conservatory that protects sand dunes, rare plants, seabirds, green sea turtles and sometimes monk seals. Volunteers at the conservatory lead monthly hikes, if you're able to take part in one, you'll have a chance to really get to know some of the unique elements that are so closely protected. Next to Mo'omomi is the Molokai Forest reserve, aka the bog, with approximately 11,690 acres of public land. This reserve also protects water resources and maintains habitat for threatened, endangered rare plants and animals. Primary access to trails, picnic areas and campsites is available on the west side of the reserve.

On the west side of the island, things are a bit different. Kepuhi Bay is home to the Kaluakoi Resort and the Kaluakoi Golf Course. Kepuhi Bay is great for swimming, snorkeling, diving and body surfing during the summer months but is extremely dangerous due to high winds and rough waters during the winter months. The Halawa Valley has two incredibly large waterfalls reaching over 250 feet, Moaula and Haipuapua. It has been suggested that a giant lizard, mo'o, lives in the deep pool beneath the Haipuapua Falls. Legend says that if you drop a rock into the pool and it floats, then you're not welcome to swim, if it doesn't, you are.