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Kaunakakai is the largest town on the island of Molokai. It is located on the lush southeastern side of the island near the Kalohi Channel. This part of Hawaii is often called "the most Hawaiian Island," or "the friendly island," because of the native Hawaiian spirit that flourishes here. With its proximity near the ocean, one can easily view the island of Maui nine miles across the water from the town of Kaunakakai. Almost any type of ocean activity can be found here including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, diving, boating, water-skiing, and wind surfing and parasailing. There are no large shopping malls or neon lights in Kaunakakai, shopping is mostly done at small, friendly family run businesses. Points of interest near Kaunakakai include the Kamakana Art Gallery, which houses the largest selection of Molokai art anywhere. Paintings, sculpture, glassware, clothing, woodcarvings and hand made jewelry can all be found in the gallery. Another interesting place to visit is the R W Meyer Sugar Mill and Museum. This small mill from the 1870s has been restored and is open to the public for tours. Kaunakakai is also near the Kaluakoi Golf Course, Molokai's only resort golf course. Kaunakakai is laid back and peaceful, and seems like a town lost in time. Perfect for those who want a slow, relaxed vacation away from crowds.

Surrounding areas: Pukoo, Hawaii (7.0 mi), Kalaupapa, Hawaii (7.4 mi), Ualapue, Hawaii (11.5 mi), Maunaloa, Hawaii (13.4 mi), Kainalu, Hawaii (14.5 mi), West Molokai, Hawaii (15.1 mi), Honokowai, Hawaii (22.8 mi)

Kaunakakai Vacation Rentals

Kaunakakai Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Quality Resort-kaluakoi Villas1131 Kaluakoi RdMaunaloa Moloka, HI12.7 mi.(800) 367-5004
Kaluakoi Hotel And Golf ClubMaunaloa, HI13.5 mi.(808) 552-2555
Sheraton Molokaz Lodge & Beach Village100 Maunaloa HwyMaunaloa, HI13.5 mi.(800) 782-9488
Manele Bay Hotel1 Manele Bay RdLanai City, HI18.8 mi.(808) 565-7700
Manele Bay HotelLanai City, HI18.8 mi.(808) 565-7700
The Lodge At Ko'ele1 Keomoku HwyLanai City, HI18.8 mi.(800) 321-4666
Embassy Vacation Resort104 Kaanapali Shores PlLahaina, HI22.7 mi.(808) 661-2000
Royal Kahana4365 Lower Honoapiilani HwyLahaina, HI22.8 mi.(808) 669-5911
Valley Isle Resort4327 Lower Honoapiilani RdLahaina, HI22.8 mi.(808) 669-5511
Aston Kaanapali Shores3445 Honoapiilani HwyLahaina, HI22.9 mi.(808) 667-2211
Napili Sunset46 Hui DrLahaina, HI23.1 mi.(808) 669-8083
Kaanapali Beach Hotel2525 Kaanapali PkwyLahaina, HI23.2 mi.(808) 661-0011
Sheraton Maui Hotel2605 Kaanapali PkwyLahaina, HI23.2 mi.(808) 661-0031
The Westin Maui At Kaanapali BCH2365 Kaanapali PkwyLahaina, HI23.4 mi.(888) 625-4949
Hyatt Regency Maui200 Nohea Kai DrLahaina, HI23.6 mi.(808) 661-1234
The Ritz Carlton Hotel1 Ritz Carlton DrKapalua, HI23.7 mi.(808) 669-6200
Maui Marriott Resort100 Nohea Kai DrLahaina, HI23.8 mi.(808) 667-1200
Aston Maui ParkLower Honoapiilani HwyLahaina, HI25.8 mi.(808) 669-6622
Kaanapali AliiNohea Kai DrLahaina, HI25.8 mi.(808) 667-1400
Kahana Falls ResortLower Honoapiilani RdLahaina, HI25.8 mi.(808) 669-1050
Renaissance Kapalua Bay HotelOne Bay DrLahaina, HI25.8 mi.(808) 669-5656
Best Western Pioneer Inn658 Wharf StLahaina, HI26.0 mi.(808) 661-3636
Maui Park3626 Honoapiilani RdLahaina, HI26.8 mi.(808) 669-6622

Kaunakakai Weather & Climate

Hawaii is in the tropics, where temperature, humidity, as well as the length of day are relatively uniform throughout the year. Therefore, the most outstanding features of the climate are the persistence of northeasterly trade winds and significant differences in rainfall within short distances and within the seasons. There are basically only two seasons on the island of Molokai - summer and winter. Overall, summer, between May and October, is a few degrees warmer (peaking in August,) and drier. Winter is wetter and February and March are generally the coolest months. During summer, northeasterly trade winds are more persistent. Severe storms on Molokai are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 77°F 63°F 2.43 in. 77°F
February 78°F 62°F 2.35 in. 77°F
March 79°F 63°F 1.21 in. 77°F
April 80°F 65°F 0.84 in. 77°F
May 81°F 66°F 0.55 in. 78°F
June 83°F 69°F 0.16 in. 79°F
July 84°F 70°F 0.10 in. 80°F
August 85°F 70°F 0.11 in. 80°F
September 86°F 70°F 0.45 in. 80°F
October 84°F 69°F 0.62 in. 80°F
November 82°F 67°F 1.61 in. 79°F
December 79°F 65°F 2.47 in. 78°F

Kaunakakai Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lanai airport (LNY) located about 21 miles south of Kaunakakai in Lanai City, Hawaii, the Kahului airport (OGG) located approximately 39 miles southeast of Kaunakakai in Kahului, Hawaii, and finally the Kalaeloa airport (JRF) located roughly 69 miles west of Kaunakakai in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Kaunakakai Attractions

Water Parks
Hawaiian WaterworksEwa BeachHI66.3 mi.
State Parks
Moloka‘i Forest Reserve Pälä‘au State ParkHI5.7 mi. 
Pälä‘au State ParkHI5.7 mi. 
Launiu Poko State ParkHI29.0 mi. 
Iao Valley State ParkHI33.7 mi. 
Ukumehame Beach State ParkHI34.7 mi. 
Loren Adams Museum of Fine ArtLahainaHI25.8 mi.(Art)
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & ParkHonoluluHI56.5 mi.(History)
Hawaii Museum of FlyingHonoluluHI56.5 mi.(Technology)
Contemporary MuseumHonoluluHI56.5 mi.(Art)
Honolulu Academy of ArtHonoluluHI56.5 mi.(Art)
Bishop MuseumHonoluluHI56.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Waikiki AquariumWaikikiHI55.1 mi.
Honolulu ZooHonoluluHI56.5 mi.

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