Molokai the island stands beautiful and monolithic in the Pacific Ocean as if frozen in time, giving you the sensation of stepping back into another world. It’s less inhabited than the other main Hawaiian Islands and, like its people and landscape, is slow to change, but content to be that way. On yourhoneymoon on Molokai expect the restaurant scene to feature mostly inexpensive to moderately priced establishments as well as a casually unassuming and laid-back attitude. The emphasis here is on good food and good company. You’ll find locally grown vegetarian foods, spicy Filipino cuisine and Hawaiian fish with a Japanese influence. Extravagance and excess may take a back seat, which is perfect if you’re looking for some quality romance time.
- MANAE GOODS AND GRINDZ, Manae. On the east end, Manae Goods and Grinds is one of the only sit down and dine restaurants. With meals being served morning, noon and evening, you can enjoy local seafood and burgers in a magnificent setting, and the delicious food is available to stay or to go if you’d rather take your meal to the beach.
Address: Kamehameha V Highway
Phone: 1-808 558-8498
- HULA SHORES RESTAURANT, Kaunakakai. Even though your choices of fine dining are limited on Molokai, you would do well to enjoy an evening at Hula Shores Restaurant. Boasting a gorgeous ocean view and upscale yet relaxed ambiance, the popular eatery is wonderful for a full dinner or a quiet cocktail. Local seafood and steak are menu highlights.
Address: Kamehameha V Highway
- PADDLERS’ INN, Kaunakakai. Come to this great local diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Paddlers’ Inn’s prices are low, the food is good and the atmosphere is fun and casual. You’ll chat with area residents over tasty homemade grind like burgers, sandwiches and biscuits with gravy. In the evening, the café transforms into an entertainment hot spot with live music.
Address: 10 N. Mohala Street
- KUALAPUU COOKHOUSE, Kualapuu. Outside of Kaunakakai, where the majority of the dining establishments are, you’ll find this nice restaurant in central Molokai’s rural Kualapuu. With a relaxed and easy going attitude, this local favorite features regional fare like chicken or pork katsu as well as a delightful opakapaka.
Address: 102 Farrington Avenue
- MOLOKAI PIZZA CAFÉ, Kaunakakai. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Molokai Pizza is a fun and boisterous spot that serves up well-done and delicious pizza, sandwiches, salads, pasta and fresh fish. A gathering spot for families, this is a great place to pick up food to take with you, perhaps as you head out on a picnic on one of Molokai’s idyllic beaches.
Address: Kaunakakai Place at Wharf Road
- OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS, Kaunakakai. This general store provides food and sundries for you to pick up as you go about your Molokai adventure. While it’s not a restaurant per se, you can order and eat at the lunch counter as well as purchase the best produce on the island and a variety of healthy snacks to take with you on a picnic or a drive up the coast. Prices are a bit high, but that’s to be expected in a relatively isolated place like Molokai.
Address: 70 Makaena Place