Kaunakakai Harbor Amenities
|$9/night for 40′ boat to anchor out.
|Stay well away back from the land-end of the dock – large fuel barges and their tow boats must maneuver in here.
|free, hot & cold
|faucet at lavatory building
|nearest is Oahu
|in town – about 1 mile walk
|Island Kine Auto Rental 866-537-7368
Molokai is quiet. Kaunakakai Harbor is very pastoral and was a nice change from the frenetic pace of Lahaina. However we did get awakened at 6 am by the toot of a tug that seemed to be hovering 20′ over us as I peered sleepily up from our cockpit bed. Since I was not clothed I wrapped the sheet awkwardly around myself as I plunged down the companionway to grab the VHF. Funny to talk to someone hovering over you by radio, but he was inside his ship and couldn’t hear us otherwise. He wanted us to move even further from the dock as he was bringing a fuel barge in. That will get your adrenaline going in the morning. We moved over so that we were nearly hanging off the green can marking the outermost edge of the anchorage. The night before we had determined we couldn’t go any further towards land.
Jon walked into town later that morning and bought some lovely fruit. We stayed an extra night because it was so peaceful there (after the odd fuel barge went on its way). The showers were nice, too. The harbor master was on vacation for most of August so payment was on the honor system, but we were glad to pay for such warm showers. Many anchorages in Hawaii don’t have them.