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Puu o Hoku Ranch
Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and grown son stayed in the Sunrise Cabin at the Puu O Hoku Ranch on a recent vacation to Hawaii. The cabin is private and has two bedrooms, each with its own bath. The main living area - combined full kitchen, dining room, and living room - is spacious and has views all the way to the ocean. We got up each morning to see the sunrise, which was colorful and picturesque. We ran along the jeep trails on the ranch or down the road to Halawa Bay in the mornings, and marveled at the stars at night. The lack of wifi at the cabin allowed us to connect to each other - we cooked together in the evenings (got steaks and fruits/veggies from the ranch - the apple bananas are delicious) and played cards, and talked. On our hikes and runs we saw nene, axis deer, and whales near shore in the ocean. Just a few tips if you're thinking about staying here:
* It can be cool in the evening (at least in the winter), so bring a sweatshirt to wear if you tend to get cold.
* The last 8-10 miles of the road to the ranch is one-lane with hairpin turns - so be prepared. It takes about an hour to get to the ranch from Kaunakakai (the main town on the island).
* We didn't walk up and look at the lodge until our last day there, so didn't realize that there was a swimming pool - we wish we had done that sooner so we could have done a little swimming on the days we stayed at the ranch.
* The ranch no longer offers horseback rides - so don't plan to go riding here.

Molokai is extremely laid back and quiet - but we had a wonderful time exploring the beaches, snorkeling the fringing reef, and taking in all of the experiences that the island offers. We highly recommend it!

Room Tip: The Sunrise Cabin can't be beat for privacy and views and spaciousness!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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PuuOHoku, Public Relations Manager at Puu o Hoku Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2013

So glad you had a good time! We're hoping to offer horseback riding again soon, so maybe on a future visit you can enjoy a ride!

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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Ready to go back again to this wonderful up-country retreat, that is close to beaches but secluded. Cool, but there is a private pool and exercise platform on the property. You really do need to like to cook for yourself (there are barbecue options for the organic beef from the ranch!), but for my third accommodation on this little "Old-time Hawaiian isle," I strngly suggest staying here so that it will continue to be available for many years to come. I'm planning my return trip already and with more friends in tow.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2006

My friends and I visited the Puu o Hoku Ranch near the Halawa Falls on Molokai in May 2006. We did not stay in the lodge but went for a great 2 hour horse back ride on the Ranch Property. The ranch is at the far eastern end of Molokai and it is upland, that is to say that it overlooks the water and it is not beachy. The property is grassy and has pine forest nearby. It is also has a cool breeze because it is well above sea level.

The ride was wonderful and highly recommended. Beautiful views of the Halawa Falls from above the Halawa Valley. Beautiful well mannered horses, nice tack, and a great guide, Barney. Barney is a soft spoken Molokai Man who really enjoyed being on his horse, he cowboys 40 hours a week! This is a working ranch and the ride was a sidelight for him. He seemed to enjoy taking us, answering our questions, and showing us a few roping tricks. We saw axis deer on the ride and a wide variety of trees and flowers that grow in the uplands.

This ride was very well worth the cost and they take charge cards! There were just the 4 of us, no nose to tail, and I am sure that you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Just ask. The land is beautiful for a good canter or gallop 4 abreast. There are other rides available, down to the ocean side for a swim with the horses however, we did not do that.

As a footnote, the ranch gave us permission slips and a map to hike the Halawa Falls. If we would have gone with the local guide it would have cost $75/person!

A great experiecne that no one should miss who journey's to Molokai

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Address: PO Box 1889, Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748-1889
Location: United States > Hawaii > Molokai > Kaunakakai
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Kaunakakai
Price Range: $75 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pu'u O Hoku Ranch is a family-owned biodynamic and organic ranch and farm, rustic retreat center, and vacation getaway on the remote and tranquil east end of Molokai, Hawaii. “Pu'u O Hoku” is true to its Hawaiian name— “Hill of Stars”—surrounded by thousands of acres of protected land, immersed in the transcendent beauty of forest, sky and ocean.Pu'u O Hoku offers several options for accommodations—all of them beautiful buildings built in the 1930s in classic Hawaiian ranch style, furnished with Balinese and Hawaiian wood and textiles, and just a two mile drive to the black-sand beaches of Halawa valley. All of the accommodations feature sweeping views of the tropical landscape, ocean and Maui. Independent travelers and families can choose between our one, two, and four bedroom cottages. For retreats or family/class/group reunions, we offer accomodation that can sleep 22 - 34, with a pool and yoga deck. ... more   less 
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