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The weather in Kaunakakai
The above is a climate diagram for Kaunakakai. In the next 6 months, July will have higher average temperatures. However, temperatures can go lower than 64° in Kaunakakai in January. Bring your umbrella in March, the rainiest month of the year!
Explore the Original Cowboy Town of Kaunakakai with a Vacation Rental
The town of Kaunakakai is Hawaii's main harbor, where locals can be spotted fishing. The town is just 15 minutes southeast of Molokai Airport, while the main strip, Ala Malama Avenue, is alive with quirky boutiques, ice cream parlors and mom-and-pop stores. From spacious ocean-facing homes to airy condos, great vacation rentals are in abundance in Kaunakakai.
A Molokai institution is Kanemitsu's Bakery where locals rush to devour piping-hot onion-and-cheese bread, and cream pies. Before setting off on an excursion, pick up some goodies at Mrs. K’s Lunch Counter, Imamura’s Store or Outpost Natural Foods.
Kaunakakai doesn't have too many fast food chains which makes it easier to dive into traditional delicacies. Lychee, papaya, mango and pineapple are island favorites, as are the guava and lychee-flavored shaved ice and ice creams. Hotel Molokai, right on the waterfront, boasts exciting island fare and local entertainment.
Island culture and history
Church Row is a popular attraction featuring seven small, missionary-style churches, many of which date to the 1900's. The Molokai Museum and Cultural Center is an anthropological museum that recounts the history of Molokai and the lepers at Kalaupapa.
The restored, turn-of-the-century R.W. Meyer Sugar Mill transports visitors to another time on Molokai. A visit to the ancient Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove is also recommended - it's one of the last remaining royal coconut groves of Hawaii.
Molokai's waters attract fishermen from the islands of Lanai and Maui too. Recreational sailing charters and whale-watching tours can be arranged, while east of Kaunakakai is Murphy's Beach, the only barrier reef in Hawaii. Snorkelers are greeted by bright corals, turtles and fish here.
Hit the land and explore the former leper colony of Kaulaupapa via forested hiking trails. Alternatively, you can get here on mule or bike. How about a game of golf at a course offering stunning views of Lanai and the surrounding ocean?
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