Remember all the problems on Molokai with the cruise ship Safari Explorer? Well, there has been a happy ending (or beginning) that is good for both Molokai and the Safari Explorer.
Recently, we experienced a wonderful cruise with two days on Molokai. We were greeted by cultural leaders including Auntie Snooki and enjoyed a delicious local kine dinner, kani ka pila and hula with Kumu Hula Penny, shopping at Auntie Teri's bookstore, entertaining stories from our driver Thad, and a very special day of hiking, history and culture with Uncle Pilipo Solatorio in Halawa Valley.
The small ship (maximum 35 passengers) was perfect for visiting Molokai as well as Lanai, Maui and Kona. In Kona, our special cultural experience was a talk story and hula with Kaniela and Anna Akaka. What an honor.
The Safari Explorer provides a great opportunity for kamaaina as well as Mainlanders to learn about Hawaiian history and culture, and brings jobs and money to hard-hit Molokai.
Mahalo, Molokai, for welcoming the Safari Explorer and for all the aloha you showed us.
Joe and Karen Grafe