Cycling and Mountain Biking on Moloka‘i

All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve. If you’re looking for a long, moderate ride, the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, also known as Maunahui Road, is 19.6 miles out and back.

All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve.
All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve. Photo © benketaro, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

The views are excellent along the way, especially the lookout spot where the cliffs, waterfalls and plunge pools of Waikolu Canyon can be seen as long as the afternoon tradewinds haven’t blown clouds into the canyon. There’s also Lua Moku Iliahi, the Sandalwood Measuring Pit. When the sandalwood trade flourished in the 1800s, pits like this 75′ long boat-shaped one were commonly dug. The trail is open all year to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and four-wheel drive vehicles. There are toilets about halfway long the trail in a recreation area, but there’s no water.

Road cyclists can enjoy miles of open road with minimal traffic. The ride east from Kaunakakai to Halawa Valley is comparable to Maui’s ride to Kahakuloa.

In downtown Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i Bicycle (80 Mohala St., 808/553 5740 or 808/553-3931, 3pm-6pm Wed., 9am-2pm Sat.) can cater to every bike need, whether it’s rentals, parts, or just advice on good rides. The company can arrange free pickups and drop-offs from a number of Moloka‘i hotels, with a $20-25 surcharge for the airport and hotels which are farther afield, such as Wavecrest or Kaluakoi. Rentals begin at $32/day, $20/day thereafter, or $120 for the week.


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