Molokai is the fifth largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, which include: Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii, which is also referred to as the Big Island.Nicknamed the Friendly Isle, Molokai has a population of about 7,500 and is located across the 25 mile-wide Kaiwi Channel from Oahu.On a clear night the lights of Honolulu can be seen from the west coast of the island.Molokai is most known for its history as being the long time residence of Father Damien, a Belgian priest who cared for people affected by Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy.Kalaupapa, a small settlement on the north shore of Molokai was where sufferers of Hansen’s Disease took refuge.Although there are no active cases of the disease on the island today, most of the residents of Kalaupapa are descendants of previously afflicted patients.

Although Molokai is one of the least developed islands in Hawaii, the people living there, mostly of Hawaiian ancestry, have worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture.The island is home to many Hawaiian fish ponds, many of which have been preserved and restored in recent years.Molokai has been a island well suited for tourism, ranking as the tenth most popular island destination because of its pristine, tropical landscapes, environmental stewardship, rich cultures, and friendly nature.Molokai has several small hotels and resorts and is home to Papohaku Beach, located on the western facing shore of the island, which is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches in Hawaii.