Where to Stay on Molokai

With only one small hotel on the island, the majority of Molokai’s approximately 58,000 annual visitors tend to stay in vacation rentals or condominiums. Individually owned and decorated condo units vary widely in taste and quality, leaning heavy on the rattan. Don’t expect air-conditioning or elevators in the two- and three-story buildings, either.

Molokai Vacation Properties ★★ (www.molokai-vacation-rental.net; 800/367-2984 or 808/553-8334) can help you navigate what’s available. The agents represent only licensed and legal rentals, most of them oceanfront and all guaranteed to be clean and fully equipped. You can book online, but it’s best to contact the office directly to identify the most suitable unit for your needs. Their customer service is excellent. You’ll find more (though not necessarily licensed) properties online at VRBO.com, Airbnb.com, and other rental websites.

Note: Taxes of 13.416% are added to hotel and vacation rental bills. Parking is free. Unless noted, cleaning fees refer to one-time charges.


Some travelers may appreciate the convenience of a condo at Molokai Shores, 1 mile east of town, with many units managed by Molokai Vacation Properties (see above) or Castle Resorts (www.castleresorts.com; 877/367-1912). I find the complex lacks the ambience and privacy found further out on the East or West End, while the compact units (510–663 sq. ft.) can be noisy.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.