Halawa Valley Hike

Halawa Valley Hike
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Phone (808) 542-1855
Address Kamehameha V Hwy 450, Kaunakakai, HI
Beautiful waterfall accessible by tourguide in Halawa Valley.

• General: Cost: Paid • General: Educational • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 3-4 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

The Halawa Valley Hike is a hiking trail that take you through the Halawa Valley on the island of Moloka'i and, for those who can make it, Moa'ula Falls at the end. The hiking trail to the waterfall is no longer open to the public without a paid guide as getting there requires a trip over private land. 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 considered as "moderate difficulty" 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. The hike is about 1.7 miles each way, so 3.4 miles round trip. Bring bug spray and read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out. Bring 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 Moa'ula falls is not too difficult, but you may want to wear shoes instead of slippers. The waterfall is a double tiered and about 250 feet high. You can swim in the pool, and some swim out under the waterfall. Local legend is if you put a ti leaf in the water, and it sinks, then falls do not want visitors in the water. Definitely include Halawa Valley as part of your Moloka'i experience.