I open by first asking your forbearance should I say something that seems ignorant and for the length of this post. The former is unintentional and the latter is because I have so many concerns :-(
I am a woman of a 'certain age' and traveling to Hawaii for the first time at the end of August. I will be in the company of two of my young adult children and one of their friends. The group personality seemed to fit a stay on Kauai and we will be there for one week. However, I have long yearned to see the unspoiled, beauty of Molokai, to envision Hawaii absent of the glitz that often makes locales feel pan-national rather than local. It will be a very short stop..maybe three nights, two days...depending upon transportation. I have some physical issues that will likely preclude a future opportunity to visit and I would like to take the mule ride to the valley, while the "young'uns" could hike.
While everyone is excited to witness the natural beauty of the island, this stop is primarily to please me and satisfy my desire. However, now that I have come to the planning stages I see so many warning signs and I find them confusing. I read that the locals do not like visitors, who, thus, receive "stink eye" and cold shoulders at best and slashed tires at worst. I read warnings on TA from Molokai posters who say, "Make sure you leave!!!" I then read items that 'tee-hee' about the matter saying that there is nothing behind this but a desire to keep the island for the locals and those who have already discovered its sacred beauty.
Being Native American, I know all about sacred things being 'taken' and I don't want to 'take' anything, I want simply to savor what Someone far greater than any of us created for all to savor and appreciate and to slow down a bit and breathe it in. However, this will be at the end of a long awaited vacation and I would hate to end it on a bitter note and leave with such a negative memory.
My daughter would fare well as she is consistently assumed to be of Island descent and, while I am Native, I might not 'appear' so and so many entries on TA seem to say that if you are discerned as an outsider you will not be treated well.
That said, I read of folks who have had a wonderful stay on Molokai, although many add that with the demise of the Ranch they are less excited about return visits.
Would some of you kindly enlighten me?
The second factor with which I am contending is scary in a totally different order and that is....just getting there. I am dizzy with schedules and destinations. We would be leaving from Kauai and I had thought we would fly to Maui and take the ferry but the trip sounds like something akin to that show "The World's Deadliest Catch" with terrifying swells of both the sea and the stomach. Then there is the option of flying, supposedly a bit harrowing on a tiny plane and I am not sure whether we should fly from Kauai to Maui or Honolulu for this part and if any airline is better avoided or another particularly good.
I am hoping that, if we do move forward with plans to go to Molokai, that we can time it for Friday night at the Hotel Molokai. Aside from that, is there anything that we need to know regarding scheduling, considering that we will be on Kauai from August 27 and need to be on the way back home for work no later than September 8th.
I thank you in advance for your insights :-)