We really enjoyed our stay at Molokai Komohana. Tom & Karyl were great hosts, and the B&B was easily the best of our three-island trip to Hawaii.
Our room wasn't terribly spacious, but it was big enough since we were only there for sleeping and a bit of time in the evening. It included a comfortable king-size bed, two nightstands, cable TV, and a large closet. Our private full-size bathroom just outside the room had a nice bath/shower and sink area (the private bath for the other bedroom wasn't quite as convenient, but was OK). Everything was kept super-clean and was generally quiet - especially during sleep times.
The living area was available to us all the time, including the living room with a large TV, dining area, porch, and lanai. Furnishings made all areas comfortable. We also had good access to the kitchen, which was in the open area with the living and dining areas. Extras included beach towels and use of a small refrigerator on the lanai.
The B&B is located in the quiet town of Maunaloa, near the west end of Molokai and just 10 minutes from the airport. It had great views of the coast and Oahu in the distance. Beautiful quiet beaches were just a short drive away, including some where you can swim. Maunaloa has had a hard time since Molokai Ranch closed, with most shops and all restaurants closing, so you need to go elsewhere on the island to eat out and for most shopping. But Kaunakakai is only a quiet 20 minutes away, so it's really not that much of a burden.
Tom and Karyl were great hosts, very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the island and its people. They helped with arrangements for Kalaupapa and taxis, and with advice and directions everywhere. They served a great breakfast each day, with a fantastic fruit plate followed by cooked variety. They were quite accommodating when we or the other couple staying there needed to get out early.
Given the small population on the island, it seems like everyone knows everyone else. We were never made to feel like outsiders by anyone on the island. There are few tourists, which we really enjoyed. There's plenty to see, but not if you want the typical tourist spots - it's more like you're just joining the community for a few days.
Favorites on the island included walking down to Kalaupapa and back up, the Hula show at the Hotel Molokai, and our driver Harley at Hele Mai Taxi (where else can you get a taxi where on the way to your destination you're shown the home of the driver and many of his relatives?). While there weren't many restaurants, we really enjoyed the Molokai Pizza Cafe in Kaunakakai and the Cookhouse in Kualapuu.
Of course, you have to do Kalaupapa while you're on the island, as well as the drive to Halawa Canyon (and the guided hike if you have time). But basically you need to sit back and relax when you're on Molokai - it's easier than anywhere else in Hawaii, though you can still keep sorta busy. And if you want to do a real vacation in Molokai, you can't find a better place to stay than with Tom & Karyl.
- Also Known As:
- Molokai Komohana Hotel Maunaloa
- Molokai Komohana HI