Molokai Nightlife

For those not gazing on a moonlit ocean, most evening entertainment takes place in Kaunakakai. A mile east on Highway 450, the parking lot at the Aqua Hotel Molokai (; tel. 808/553-5347) starts filling up by 3:30pm for Aloha Friday. From 4 to 6pm, “old-style” recording artist Lono plays slack key guitar and leads a group of uke-strumming aunties and uncles known as Na Kupuna (the elders) in American and Hawaiian standards, often with impromptu hula. Until the hotel completes the renovation of the fire-damaged Hula Shores restaurant, patrons can order grilled fare (hot dogs, burgers) and drinks from the bar from 4 till 8pm.

Lono also plays Tuesdays at the closest thing Molokai has to a hot spot, Paddlers’ Inn, at the intersection of Highway 450 and Mohala Street in the center of Kaunakakai (http://molokaipaddlers.inn; tel. 808/553-3300). The spacious restaurant/bar, which also offers free Wi-Fi and themed nightly specials (Chinese, barbecue, Mexican, and the like), has a newly roofed lanai with predominantly local acts onstage every night but Monday. You’ll hear classic and contemporary Hawaiian music, country, even jazz (on Sat nights), usually 6:30 to 8:30pm, with a disco DJ keeping the party going from 9pm to midnight most Fridays.

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