Heck of a good question.
Most folks who visit Hawaii come for the glitz, glamour and tourist-centered activities that a tropical vacation destination offers. Many visitors are drawn to the bright lights, fancy restaurants and busy beaches of Waikiki or to the West Maui mega resorts near Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach. Others find their way to resorts on Kauai or the Big Island, Hawaii.
All of these destinations offer paradise; warm sandy beaches, the blue Pacific Ocean and nearly perfect weather, all hermetically packaged for the visitor from the US Mainland or Japan.
Very few of these visitors ever hear of the little island anchored between Oahu, where bustling Honolulu is, and Maui the busiest tourist island in Hawaii.
On occasion someone planning a vacation to Hawaii will ask a travel agent or a friend about Molokai and will receive the typical response, “Why would you want to go to Molokai, there’s nothing there.”
From the typical traveler’s perception, that is true, there’s nothing here. There are no mega resorts. No five-star dining opportunities. No tourist-packed beaches. No shopping malls. Basically none of the things that make other Hawaii destinations soooo commercial.
What Molokai does have are precious resources that are shared with the few lucky visitors and protected by residents who refuse to allow this beautiful island to go the way of the other tourist-driven islands.
Molokai is a place where aloha is a lifestyle, not something put on for the tourists. You see it every day on smiling faces on the streets of Kaunakakai, the island’s largest town and in the smaller villages around the island. You hear it and feel it, provided your heart and mind are not clouded by the harshness and hurry of life in your hometown. If you come to Molokai to become part of what is here, you will be overwhelmed by the aloha and spirituality. If you bring your demands and lifestyle attitudes, you will be disappointed and will probably not find the island to your liking.