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Molokai Island

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Located to the northwest of Maui Island, Molokai is an island that goes back in time. The population dwindled until the pineapple industry came and free homesites and farms were offered to natives in the 1920's.

Today nearly forty percent of the population is native. Agriculture is slowing down due to competition from developing countries and controlled tourism development is taking its place. The eastern portion is off road vehicles country.

The western part is hilly and drier. It is known as the island where lepers were forced ashore. They built the town of Kalaupapa on the northwest coast under the direction of the sainted Father Damien. Today it is a slice of "old Hawaii."