DescriptionThe largest settlement on the western end of the island, Maunaloa was the company town for the Dole pineapple plantation until 1975, when the operation shut down. Pāpōhaku Beach Park features a large public beach that covers some 3 miles and offers wide stretches of beautiful sand. There are no lifeguards, though, and the currents, undertow and high surf (especially in winter) can be dangerous; always use caution.
Southwest of town, a dirt road off Mokio Street leads to Hale O Lono Harbor, the starting point for two popular canoe races to O‘ahu: the women's Na Wahine O Ke Kai in September and the men's Moloka‘i Hoe Outrigger Canoe Championship in October.
Note: Because of poor road conditions, nighttime travel on the dirt road is not recommended.