Molokai: “The Friendly Isle” Is a Classroom
Immerse yourself in authentic Hawaiian culture as you join local experts to learn the art of hula dancing, explore Kalaupapa Peninsula and visit local homes and schools.
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Program No. 1412RJ
7 days
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Unearth the ancient secrets of Molokai, the most authentically Hawaiian island, known as the “Friendly Isle.” Take part in fishing, crafts, music and dance, discuss the preservation of endangered species and study history from the arrival of Polynesians and birth of the hula to early agriculture and Father Damien’s life. Journey past ranches, villages, bays and fishing grounds as you discover Hawaiian native culture.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to a few blocks most days. On one all-day field trip, walk up to a half-mile.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Descend by plane from the highest sea cliffs in the world to spend a day on isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula, where Father Damien’s historic service to leprosy patients earned him sainthood.
  • Learn the language and technique of hula dancing.
  • Take field trips to the Molokai Museum, Meyer Sugar Mill, ancient fishpond, Hawaiian-language elementary school and a private home.
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Noelani Keliikipi
Born and raised on the island of Molokai, Noe is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools established by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop for the education of native Hawaiian students throughout Hawaii. Noe has been associated with the Molokai Road Scholar program since 1995. In addition to Road Scholar programs, Noe runs Molokai Museum and Cultural Center and the R. W. Meyer Sugar Mill. Popularly referred to as "Aunty Noe", she is the perfect teacher about "all things Molokai."
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