Seniors Enjoy Hawaii’s “Little Sisters”

Senior citizens who have been to Hawaii know of O’ahu followed by The Big Islands of Hawai’i, Kaua’i and Maui.  Not many it seems want to check out  Moloka’i or Lana’i. And perhaps you, like me, have never even heard of Ni’ihau or Kaho’olawe islands.  They are pretty small but are part of the Hawaiian chain.  So let’s see what’s out there in the middle of the Pacific on Moloka’i and Lana’i.

Moloka’i “The Friendly Island”

Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. Hop in and fly with me through the Halawa Valley in Moloka’i. Beautiful greenery, a waterfall or two and awesome scenery. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet) and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast.

Senior visitors will find roughly 8,100 friendly folks with a high percentage of native ancestors. With Molokai’s high population of Native Hawaiians, it’s no wonder that Molokai is sometimes known as “the most Hawaiian Island.”  Little Moloka’i lies between O’ahu and Maui. Many senior tourists simply fly over rather than checking out the amenities.  So has the world left Moloka’i behind or is it the other way around?

The island has two distinct regions: the verdant east with mountains and soaring sea cliffs and the drier, flatter west where you’ll find farms, ranches, and a coffee plantation.


The principal website is called Moloka’i Hawaiian by Nature. Getting to Moloka’i is not a problem, it’s only a 25-minute flight from Oahu. TripAdvisor has all the info you will need or want to fill in your itinerary and features several Moloka’i websites. Fodor’s Travel Guide has helpful information for first timers. Let’s take a short photo tour and a video before we head over to Lana’i.

Lana’i Entices Senior Citizens

Lana’i, “The Pineapple Island”, is where you’ll walk the otherworldly landscape of keahiakawelo, also aptly called the “Garden of the Gods.” Lana’i is a senior ocean lover’s dream with azure waters filled with fish and plentiful sea life.

Lana’i City has the Culture and Heritage Center where tourists learn all about the rich natural history of the island. Golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman rate high for golfers. Just hop aboard the Lana’i Ferry from Maui and take in the many amenities on Lana’i Island. Manele Harbor is a top draw.

I found a nice resort for you to consider on the island.  If it’s your first trip to Lana’i you’ll discover that this intimate island does not disappoint. The Manele Bay Hotel is very nice as well. Learn a little more about the History of Hawaii before you arrive.  You’ll enjoy the islands even more.  Aloha.  jeb


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