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/molokaiCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times