Kaunakakai is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. It is the largest town on the island of Molokai. It is "twinned" with Embo in Scotland. The town was made famous in the 1930s by the song "The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai", beginning an ongoing tradition of designating an honorary mayor for the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 square kilometers), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 square kilometers) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 square kilometers) of it (34.94%) is water.