Halawa Valley / Halawa Beach Park

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Address End of Hwy 450, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
A relatively easy 2 mile hike through a tropical forest leading to a 250 foot waterfall.

• General: Educational • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

Halawa Valley is located about 20 miles from Kaunakakai on the island of Moloka'i. The road is twisty, windy, and parts of it are a single lane. It is a beautiful drive along the rugged coastline on the last few miles.

Parts of the road are next to a steep cliff with no guard rail - drive carefully. Now we are getting into remote parts of Hawaii. I'm sure that's why you traveled to Moloka'i.

As you approach Halawa Valley, the beach at the base of the valley is mostly rocky but there are some patches of sand on the inner part of the cove. You might even see surfers riding waves here.

Behind the ocean is the Halawa Valley, where you can take a guided tour to the Moa'ula Waterfall. Note that the hiking trail is no longer open to the public without a paid guide.

There are several local guides, some better than others, who will share the stories and history of the area on your hike. The guided hikes usually cost about $75 per couple. The hike is not difficult and has many interesting petroglyphs and there several hidden Heiau temples. If you care about time, see if you can go with a small group. Larger groups will slow you way down. Bring bug spray as well as a swimsuit if you want to swim to falls (weather permitting).

Along the way to the waterfall, you'll pass an agricultural area with ponds for cultivating taro. Your guide should share stories about the history of the area and the agricultural practices of the ancient Hawaiians and how the heritage is being preserved.

The 2 mile hike up to Moaula falls is not too difficult, but you may want to wear shoes instead of slippers. The Waterfall is double tiered and about 250 feet high. You can swim in the pool, and some swim out under the waterfall though we never recommend that as rocks (etc) can fall down with the water. Local legend is if you put a ti leaf in the water, and it sinks, then the falls do not want visitors in the water.