My husband and I spent some time in Molokai this weekend. We both had never been, so exploring the island and finding new things was part of the island adventure we both embraced!
The first stop we made was at Kanemitsu bakery. The food was delicious! We ordered the buttermilk hot cakes, spinach omelette, and kim chee fried rice with over easy eggs. The portion sizes well suited to the cost of the dishes.
After we ate, we went to the Kalaupapa lookout and Phallic rock. The view was breathtaking and the trail to the phallic rock was mesmerizing. The area had signs explaining that the locations were all sacred to Hawaiians, and being there, one could truly feel a sense of reverence and beauty. The stillness and majesty of nature here was so serene. It was definitely worth the visit.
For lunch, we went to the Coffee Plantation in Kualapu’u. We ordered the guava and lilikoi flavored pretzels and mango and strawberry smoothies. It was scrumptious! The food is so fresh here and homemade, it’s definitely worth having. Do keep in mind that Molokai time is a very real thing. Most restaurant orders we made took a while.
The next morning, I went for a run. We stayed at the Molokai Shores and I explored the nearby area. I honestly enjoyed being on this island. It’s absolutely beautiful. The place is best to visit for anyone who wants a calm, relaxing experience. It is important to embrace Molokai’s pace and stillness to truly enjoy the island.
Our second day of breakfast was at the Tiki Cafe in Kaunakakai town. The mango smoothie was great and better than the coffee plantation because there was less ice, and more fruit. My husband got the Molokai breakfast panini. That was also very good! Be prepared to spend some money as well as wait a while for your food. Molokai’s prices in general are a bit high.
We went to Kanemitsu again for a danish. My husband got the custard danish. It tasted like an upgraded, homemade, fresher, and yummier krispy kreme donut. Worth a try!
We spent the rest of the morning enjoying our hotel room.
The view is absolutely beautiful, but the hotel room itself was definitely sub par. I didn’t take pictures, but I was very tempted to. We had a hard time checking in because the actual check in office is not at the hotel–a change that is apparently recent–because locals didn’t even know and we were not told ahead of time. We had to go back to the town just to get our keys. After asking the concierge and telling her about our dissatisfaction, she did allow us to have a late check in free of charge, which was very nice.
For lunch, we ate at the Kualapu’u Cookhouse. We loved the phrase on this menu that says “If you’re in a hurry, you’re on the wrong island!!” Very truthful and representative of our experience on Molokai. Yet again, the food did not disappoint. We had the roast pork plate and teriyaki chicken salad.
Our last afternoon on Molokai before leaving, we did more sightseeing. We found this beautiful place with its awe-inspiring views. We felt like we were on an exotic foreign island! Walking away from Molokai, we were determined to come back and actually have plans to go fishing and hiking.
Before arriving at the airport, we got some pizza sticks to go from Molokai pizza cafe. The dough was yummy! The price was also reasonable for the amount of food we got. Molokai food is priced high and the service is slow, but all the food we had was homemade, fresh, well portioned, and scrumptious.
Next time we come, we’ll be prepared to book some fishing experiences & go to the Kalaupapa National Park!