I have been asked this question recently and thought I'd give you my experience.
A few years ago my Mother, girlfriend and I ventured over to the island of Molokai to visit Kaulapapa Settlement where St. Damien preformed his lifesaving work with the Lepers and to experience the island of laid back island of Molokai.
We rented a room at Hotel Molokai, its not a 5 star resort but it has all of the amenities, including a beachfront pool, wifi, cell phone service, bar & restaurant and is styled after a Polynesian Village.
Hotel Molokai is full of character, reminiscent of a slower time, is quaint, as well as reeks of the aloha spirit. Our room included a small kitchen, bedroom, a loft and a large lanai with table and chairs. It is a genuine luxuryhideaway located oceanfront on Kamiloloa beach. By the way, it was the only place to get draft beer on the island! The hotel is “community minded” as they offer a Polynesian show every Friday night as well as host a community party once a year.
From the moment we arrived at Hotel Molokai we were treated like family (ohana). Mind you, we arrived at about 9pm exhausted and very hungry. The cafe had stopped serving food but in the aloha spirit, they saw how hungry we were and just happened to have a pot of soup and home made bread still warm for us.
The activity at the hotel was fantastic - if you’re going to Molokai you cannot miss the Friday night Kanikapila show where the locals get together to serenade, play ukulele and take turns dancing the hula. I believe they would gather every Friday night whether there were guests at the hotel or not. It is an ideal situation where the haoles (mainlanders) can get a glimpse of the authentic island culture.
I will recommend this resort to all of my Clients coming to Hawaii - you must make time to visit Molokai! Contact Claire at Molokai Outdoors to organize your visit and any activities on Molokai. I have listed her website below.
Room Tip: Pay the extra to reserve an oceanfront room to fully enjoy the view