MOLOKAI -- Molokai is providing a surprising bright spot in
Hawaii's overall tourism picture for 2002.
In the first six months of this year, Molokai arrivals increased
16% compared with the same period in 2001, according to figures
posted by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB).
And as a way to keep that momentum going, the destination rolled
out additional events and attractions for visitors in November,
including the upcoming Molokai Coffee Festival, slated for Nov. 1
The festival, which will feature food and entertainment, will be
held at the Plantation in Kualapuu.
Activities include a coffee-picking contest, roasting workshops,
a coffee harvest parade, a coffee-baking contest and the Miss
Molokai Coffee pageant.
In addition, the first nine holes of the Molokai Golf Course at
Kaluakoi will open in November.
The back nine will be ready for play in mid-2004, as part of an
overall renovation by the owners of Molokai Ranch Ltd., which
purchased the Kaluakoi Golf Course in late 2001 from Kukui
The golf course is part of the former Sheraton Kaluakoi resort
(which is closed) near the Molokai Ranch.