Molokai looks to maintain arrivals spike

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 to 3.

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 (Molokai) Inc.

The golf course is part of the former Sheraton Kaluakoi resort (which is closed) near the Molokai Ranch.

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