Map of Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa Hawaii is a remote plantation village that can be found on the island of Molokai. Its location in the western area of the island, or upcountry, makes for some excellent sightseeing, and two of the most popular Molokai beaches are nearby – Paphaku Beach and Kapukahehu Beach (Dixie Maru Beach). The Molokai Ranch, which used to be a major Mauna Loa attraction and lodging, has closed, but visitors to the area can find rental condos and cottages. In the tiny town itself, there are unique galleries and shops to enjoy, and it can be rewarding to stop by the Big Wind Kite Factory. Tours of the factory are available, as are free kite-flying lessons.
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