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Molokai Museum and Cultural Center

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Address: Kalae Highway, Mile Marker 4, Kualapuu, Molokai, HI 96757
Phone Number: (808) 567-6436
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Our group of 4 enjoyed our stop at this museum for a small $5 fee per person. The gentleman that oversees the place is very nice and knowledgeable. We spent about an hour here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our group of 4 enjoyed our stop at this museum for a small $5 fee per person. The gentleman that oversees the place is very nice and knowledgeable. We spent about an hour here, give or take a few minutes. Inside the museum we watched a couple of DVD's (one 15 mins. the other 6 mins.) about the Sugar Mill... More 

Thank micheleboys
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

My husband & I visited the museum in May 2016 while on an island tour. Interesting but small museum about the history of the island. Many pictures of prior inhabitants. You really get a feel for how life was not all that long ago for people on Molokai. View an old sugar mill that appears to be in restoration. Worthwhile... More 

Thank Taryn O
Surprise, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We enjoyed a lovely evening here at a pa'ina feast, sampling dozens of different foods, and listening to authentic musicians and watching authentic foods. VERY different from the Las Vegas style luau at the Hilton :) The people were gracious and we felt lucky to have had this experience.

Thank lotsagoldens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Take time to see the movie, it makes the rest of the experience worth while. Current photographic exhibit is worth the time to see also. Excellent small gift shop. On an island where there aren't many attractions this is worth the time. We got a kick out of the jeep rusting away in the parking lot.

Thank MooseMouse
Edgewater, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

This is Molokai so don't expect the Met. But if you want to understand the working of a rudimentary sugar cane process, you will come out the wiser and walking on green grass after the west side- comforting. The inside of the gift shop and visitors center has fascinating pictures and time lines featuring the isolated area on Molokai for... More 

Thank bicycle53
Fort Worth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

Small museum, mostly photos of the residents of the leper colony going back decades. Two short videos: 10 minutes or so on the history of the Myer family that built the sugar mill and it's restoration; 6 minutes on pictures and history of some of the residents of the colony. The sugar mill is almost completely restored and very interesting.... More 

Thank Jim M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The museum staff were personable and the entry cost ($5 pp) isn't bad. A short-ish documentary starts you off, then you tour the sugar mill behind the museum. A great way to spend an hour or two. If you've been to Kalaupapa, you'll appreciate the collection of photos of Kalaupapa survivors.

Thank Andy K
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

$5.00 admission. 2 short films to see, we lost interest and started to tour the building. Most of this museum is photos. Nice sea shell collection and the gift shop has some quality items. The sugar mill is out back, a short walk from the main building. Self guided w/brochure.

Thank HawaiiKaiGail
Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This easy to get to place is on your way to the lookout at the top. Only open from 10:00am-2:00pm, so plan accordingly, Good history overview, many photographs of patients of the famous Leper colony. I especially enjoyed the restored Sugar Mill on site. Only $10.00, well worth it.

Thank maitaimike2015
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As a historical tourist, I seek out local museums of the places I visit. I found the Moloka'i Museum & Cultural Center to be very interesting, and well worth 60-90 minutes to tour and learn about the profound history of this small Hawaiian island. The museum explores the history of the Leper (Hansen's Disease) colony at Kalaupapa as well as... More 

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