Hale'o Lono Harbor, Molokai

Hale'o Lono Harbor (Lono Harbor), 13 miles west of Kaunakakai and 3.5 miles east of Laau Point, was built in the mid 1960's by the Honolulu Construction and Dredging Company.  The harbor is no longer used commercially and is a favorite overnight anchorage for fishermen and boaters.  The bottom provides good holding in a sand and mud mixture.  Use  your biggest  anchor with short scope.  There is a rough quay to use as a point for Tahiti style mooring.  Other than a small sand beach on the west side there are no facilities; the isolation makes solitude and star gazing good reasons to visit.  Lono can be crowded when it is used as a starting point for Outrigger Canoe races.  These are well advertised.  The entrance is usually good but is hard to recognize until you are inline.  A large south west swell or a wrap-around north swell can make entering or exiting a problem, but inside the water is calm. It's a great sail home with good fishing.