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Molokai Museum and Cultural Center

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Address: Kalae Highway, Mile Marker 4, Kualapuu, Molokai, HI 96757
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+1 808-567-6436
10:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 14:00

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Smallest Sugar Mill in Hawaii Tells a Big Story

The Mill grounds at 1,500 ft were chosen for the abundant rainfall. Cane was cut by hand and brought to the crusher by oxcart. The 30 acres produced 50 tons of sugar per... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2016
Bob K
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

The staff (one lady) went thru and made sure that we saw everything. She must had been a teacher. The restored sugar mill is eye opening.

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Nine Mile Falls, Washington
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

This little sugar mill was a fascinating look into the past. I learned how sugar was manufactured from the cane. When we were there they had a display of historic photos from Kalaupapa. There are very few opportunities to see a restored time capsule as opposed to a recreation. I found it well worth the visit.

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Salt Spring Island
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is an amazing little museum given the population of Molokai is under 10,000. Dedicated volunteers have restored a small, independent sugar cane processing plant. The story is told on two introductory films in the small museum, then you can wander the grounds. Our hostess Wilma was a fountain of information.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

The Mill grounds at 1,500 ft were chosen for the abundant rainfall. Cane was cut by hand and brought to the crusher by oxcart. The 30 acres produced 50 tons of sugar per year. But another bigger story, resides inside a small on-premise Museum with a brief but informative video about the early history of Molokai - with special emphasis... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

The mule ride to the leper colony wasn't available when we were there, so we had to be satisfied with the relatively short walk to the Kalaupapa viewpoint & a stop at this museum to see a photo display, watch a documentary & read the stories of the people sent to the leper colony 70-odd years ago - we felt... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Our group of 4 enjoyed our stop at this museum for a small $5 fee per person. The gentleman that oversees the place is very nice and knowledgeable. We spent about an hour here, give or take a few minutes. Inside the museum we watched a couple of DVD's (one 15 mins. the other 6 mins.) about the Sugar Mill... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

My husband & I visited the museum in May 2016 while on an island tour. Interesting but small museum about the history of the island. Many pictures of prior inhabitants. You really get a feel for how life was not all that long ago for people on Molokai. View an old sugar mill that appears to be in restoration. Worthwhile... More 

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Surprise, AZ
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

We enjoyed a lovely evening here at a pa'ina feast, sampling dozens of different foods, and listening to authentic musicians and watching authentic foods. VERY different from the Las Vegas style luau at the Hilton :) The people were gracious and we felt lucky to have had this experience.

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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Take time to see the movie, it makes the rest of the experience worth while. Current photographic exhibit is worth the time to see also. Excellent small gift shop. On an island where there aren't many attractions this is worth the time. We got a kick out of the jeep rusting away in the parking lot.

1 Thank MooseMouse
Edgewater, Maryland
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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

This is Molokai so don't expect the Met. But if you want to understand the working of a rudimentary sugar cane process, you will come out the wiser and walking on green grass after the west side- comforting. The inside of the gift shop and visitors center has fascinating pictures and time lines featuring the isolated area on Molokai for... More 

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