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The Friendly Isle
Molokai (or The Friendly Isle) is the fifth largest of the Hawaiian islands. It lies east of Oʻahu across the 25-mile wide Kaiwi Channel. Meanwhile, the Kalohi Channel separates this island from Lanai to the north.
Long ago, Molokai was a leper colony. However, those days are long gone. Today’s population is healthy, though still small. Not a single traffic light mars the island’s landscape, and it’s largest and most central town, Kaunakakai, contains fewer than 3,500 people.
The island’s sparse population and diverse landscape makes it perfect for nature photography. On the Western half of the island, the coastal dunes of Mo’omomi roll along the oceanfront.
The eastern half of the island boasts a high plateau. At an elevation of 4,900 feet, Kamakou peak and the surrounding area makes up Molokai Forest Reserve. In this high-elevation forest, native native ʻōhiʻa lehua trees shelter endemic birds and small animals. Below 4,000 feet, exotic flora such as strawberry guava, eucalyptus and cypress dominates the the landscape. Axis deer and feral pigs roam these forests, searching for food.
The Friendly Isle offers a mix of old and new, all while being tucked away from all but the most eager visitor.