The Hawaiian music that we were looking for on the other islands is plentiful here - and free! The Kapuna (elders) get together and play their ukeleles and guitars and sing both traditional Hawaiian songs and old-time songs from the 40’s and 50’s at the Molokai Hotel every Friday from 4 - 6 pm. You can get beer on tap for $3, and there are some inexpensive appetizers that can be shared. Everyone has a good time - both the performers and the audience as they encourage you to sing along if you like. We went both Fridays that we were here, and enjoyed both nights.
Another great musical group we found here is a jazz group that plays at the Coffees of Hawaii (plantation, coffee bar, outdoor restaurant, gift shop) every Saturday night from 6 - 8 pm. They are also free, and we were wowed at the amount of real talent in this group!
Then there is another group with older folks that plays at Coffees of Hawaii on Sunday afternoons, but these folks spend as much time talking as they do playing. Still, we didn’t have anything else to do on Sunday afternoons, so they were
The Saturday street market was a good place to find fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers; also jewelery made from shells and coconuts, crafts, paintings, pictures, carvings, t-shirts, you name it. Things still weren’t cheap here, but it was fun to wander around and talk to people and see whatever there was to see.
The local school kids had an Earth Day celebration, where they showed off their science projects that had to do with nature, the island, etc. There was food and dancing as well. The hula dancers from the school were very good - both boys and girls, and all age groups. It was really nice to watch.
The second week we were here the weather turned cool and cloudy with high winds. So outdoor activities were not an option. We had heard about the post office in one of the smaller towns here promoting something called “Post-a-Nut”. They give you a coconut, you decorate it, and then you mail it anywhere in the world and all you pay is the postage. We aren’t very artistic, so didn’t know what to do with these coconuts, but the guy let us take a bunch
of markers back here to the condo to create our works of art at our leisure. Well, we looked up some examples on the internet, and did our coconuts, and it was fun. Since the weather was still yucky, we went and bought some paints and scrounged for more coconuts that had fallen off of trees in the coconut grove, and did some more. We ended up mailing off 7 coconuts! It was a great way to spend a couple of days here.
Molokai has a unique activity you won't find anywhere else. If you knock on the back door of the bakery after 10 pm, you can get hot bread, cut in half and spread with your choice of spreads such as cream cheese, blueberry, strawberry, or butter with sugar and cinnamon. Or get it loaded with some of each. You go down a dark run-down alley, and bang on the door until they come and open it to take your order. The night we went, there was a big line up of people in the alley, all there for the same thing. Strange, but it was something you have to do if you are there. It was
pretty good too.
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