6:01 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
If you go
THE BEST WAY TO MOLOKAI
FROM LAX, United and Hawaiian offer connecting service (change of plane to Island Air, Pacific Wings or Mokulele) to Molokai. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $781. Alamo Rent-a-Car has a desk at the airport.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Molokai, 1300 Kamehameha V Highway, Kaunakakai; (808) 553-5347, http://www.hotelmolokai.com. Retro A-framed cottages with kitchenettes and large lanais, landscaped gardens, complimentary continental breakfast, on-site restaurant (which is being renovated), bar and swimming pool are just some of the offerings at Molokai's only hotel. Rates start at $169.
WHERE TO EAT
Hula Shores, 1300 Kamehameha V Highway, Kaunakakai; (808) 553-5347; http://www.hotelmolokai.com. Undergoing a renovation after a major fire. For now, the bar is open and the barbecue is hot on Friday evenings. Renovation in progress, but bar open plus Friday barbecue.
Kanemitsu's Bakery & Restaurant, 79 Ala Malama Ave., Kaunakakai. The bakery is the stuff of legend. Line up after dark in an alley behind the storefront to grab freshly baked onion loaves. Meals start at $7.
Kualapu'u Cookhouse, 102 Farrington Ave., Kaulapu'u, (808) 567-9655. Lumberjack portions of Hawaiian favorites such as loco moco and katsu drive the repeat business. Breakfasts tend to win more hearts than lunches. Dishes start at $10.
TO LEARN MORE
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, http://www.gohawaii.com/molokai
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