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“Wonderful stay at Molokai Komohana” 5 of 5 stars
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P. O. Box 307, West Molokai, Maunaloa, Molokai, HI 96770   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Maunaloa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Roanoke, Indiana
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“Wonderful stay at Molokai Komohana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

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.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

After lingering doubts about visiting Molokai, we are so thankful we did. We stayed for 3 nights and with hindsight wished we had made it 4 or 5, as this is a beautiful unspoiled island, unrecognisable from parts of Maui and Ohau. Outside of the Molokai resorts, good, clean and recommended accommodation is very limited and we stayed at Molokai Komohana because of very favourable Tripadvisor comments. Both "for" and "against" we can only endorse everything that has been said before by previous visitors. The bedroom was not that spacious and try for the one with the adjacent bathroom. You will see a fair bit of your room, as the island has largely "closed" by 8 pm and apart from the porch/lanai, there is no obvious evening sitting area for guests. Maunaloa has very limited facilities and you will probaby have a near 20 mile round trip for your evening meal (The Cook House is excellent ,despite immediate first impressions) Dismissing all limitations, however,this is a very pleasant, clean and extremely quiet retreat .Tom and Karyl are very kind and helpful hosts and Tom made various telephone arrangements for us for the leper colony and Valley. Both of these are "Musts", but require an early start and Tom was always very happy to arrange breakfast around your early departures, whatever the probable inconvenience to him. We are very happy to recommend Molokai Komohana and wish Tom and Karyl all the very best.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

Planning a trip to Molokai - be sure to stay with Tom and Karyl. Karyl was off island during our stay, and Tom did a great job taking care of his guests. I appreciated that he got up early both mornings we were there to prepare us wonderful breakfast - fresh island fruit both mornings along with other food. His banana macadamian pancakes are superb. Their home is lovely and very clean!! Would definitely stay here again!! Joe and Ann

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2009

I visited this B&B much before all these reviews appeared on Trip Advisor, in May 2008 (it is now Oct 2009 :-) ). There was hardly any information available, but my husband I decided to take our chance and booked this for our molokai honeymoon.

While it is not a typical honeymoon jaunt (it is a house that you share with Tom Rancour and Karyl and other guests, and the island is so awfully quiet, we were tiptoeing all the time), this B&B was extremely economical. The house was so beautiful that my husband and I thought we couldn't imagine a more beautiful dream home. It is in the middle of rolling meadows, and you can see the ocean from any corner in the home. It is very close to the Popohaku three mile beach and you can see Oahu both by day and night. The rooms were spacious, the private bathrooms were not within the rooms however .At the time we visited, there were no options for lunch or dinner nearby, but that was okay since we hung around near Kaunakakai fo rmost of the day for our activities, and Kaunakakai itself is a 10 min drive.

Also, because Karyl was a little ill, they decided that the huge breakfasts Tom made for us weren't enough and gave us a $10 discount on their already low prices! I loved the hawaiian fruits and Tom made sure we got atleast four kinds each morning. And unlike other B&Bs where they give you breakfast at 7 am everyday and shun you if you need to leave early, I remember Tom obliging our co-guests who left at 5 am on atleast two of the three days they stayed. He was also waiting with ice cream a couple nights when we returned at 10. He packed water bottles for us in a cold pack everyday, and let us borrow his beach towels, chairs, etc, etc.

I'm glad Tom and Karyl have been appreciated on Trip Advisor, they deserve to be more popular (but that would kill the concept of their B&B for me :D)

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Falmouth maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

Neglected to write sooner but just came back to this site enjoying the reviews. We had a terrific experience. Yes the bedrooms are right off the open living area, but we felt we had enough privacy in the rooms, (we stayed in both rooms - the front room is better) which were very comfortable and clean. Karyl and Tom were caring and friendly hosts - Tom acting as our concierge, helping us plan our hikes, trips to the beach, dinners and island explorations. Breakfast was fantastic - a great way to start the day. Janet and Phil from Maine

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

Tom & Karyl run an immaculate B & B. The breakfast they serve is massive and extremely tasty. We didn't need to eat a midday meal once during our stay because we were so well fed at breakfast! Tom's knowledge of Molokai and the surrounding islands is amazing. He made sure that we saw everything and helped make our stay a sightseeing delight. This is a wonderful place to stay with kind, caring and friendly hosts. It's immaculately clean and everything is top quality through and through.

Please feel free ot call me at [--] with any specific questions about our stay here.

Tom and Karyl provided us with such a wonderful experience we would love to help others looking for a great vacation have this opportunity.

Kindest regards,

Andy Barney

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

First of all, if you are going to Molokai, remember that it's very authentic Hawaii - no big hotels or resorts, no public luau, etc. With that said, this B&B is undoubtedly the best lodging option on Molokai. The hosts are wonderful people, the breakfasts are hearty and the house is lovely with a great ocean view. Tom is full of suggestions of places to go, especially if you're interested in "off the beaten track" hikes and walks. He was wonderful. In reading some of the other reviews, I noted a couple of comments about the "setup." Yes, you are in their home, but the hosts quarters are off on the other side of the house. The two bedrooms do not have ensuite bathrooms, but they do each have their own private bathroom close by. I highly recommend this B&B. You get a lot of value for your money here and Tom and Karyl will bend over backwards to make sure their guests are happy.

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: P. O. Box 307, West Molokai, Maunaloa, Molokai, HI 96770
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