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The Beautiful Country Town In Hawaii That Will Take You Back In Time

As the fifth largest Hawaiian Island, Molokai has a usable land area of 260 square miles and is located east of Oahu and north of Lanai. The island’s most famous tourist draw is the Kalaupapa National Historic Park – a settlement which was founded in 1866 in order for individuals with leprosy to be quarantined. This wild and beautiful island is home to only one true town, Kaunakakai, a true haven for visitors and residents alike looking to retreat from the more developed and touristy areas of Hawaii. To celebrate this tiny country town, here are 10 fun facts about Kaunakakai.

10. The town was made famous in the 1930s with the song, “The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai,” beginning the long-running tradition of designating an honorary mayor of the town.

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Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.