Hālawa Valley
Hālawa Valley
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Situated on the eastern side of Molokai.
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Tracy V
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The drive is very difficult and you tube videos we watched ahead of time made it seem a better destination than it really is so don’t be fooled by the you tubers who like to put out click bait. Small rocky beaches and brownish sand with no amenities. Any hiking in area is on private property so you need a local guide to arrange ahead of time. Disappointing.
Written 17 May 2024
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Maggie A
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We went there today with our two kids and we walk around the beach, my husband went back to the car to get something for our kids and 3 locals guys who leave there in the tents physical attack my husband without any reason in front of me and my kids be aware there is not signal there to call the police if something happens, this was a really bad experience and traumatize our kids with this people behavior, luckily we ran out to our car and leave.
Written 5 May 2024
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Terry L
Sparta, NJ16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
One of the highlights of my 2-week stay in Molokai. Starts with an interesting hour-long discussion about the history and culture of Hawaii, Molokai and Hālawa Valley. Fascinating. Learned a lot. The hike was moderate but not easy—had to navigate over and under fallen trees and over streams. Be sure to bring good hiking and water shoes. The highlight of the day were the waterfalls and the swimming hole—brace yourself for chilly water! Acclimated quickly. The drive to and from Halawa was a treat unto itself — narrow, winding road along the cliff with outstanding views. Halawa Valley Beach itself was not as nice as Murphy Beach (mile post 20) or Sandy Beach (about two miles further east), which you pass along the way. Even though the guides charge $75/person, I highly recommend — the trail and waterfalls are on private property so you can’t do it on your own.
Written 23 March 2024
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abenteurlich
Sacramento40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
An incredibly enriching experience in every way. Your guide will take you on an enthralling journey of history and adventure, beauty and meaning. This is a profoundly moving and soul-filling place.
Written 26 January 2024
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Al L
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The pre trip talk before hiking to the falls was a great way to get immersed to the local lore and history. First time eating a Hawaiian banana from the tree and starfruit. Great hike and swim at the falls. Guide was excellent and very helpful.
Written 11 November 2023
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Venture14737843601
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Halawa Valley Cultural Tour

This is my favorite thing that I have done across three trips to the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Molokai.

Our tour was led by Greg, whose family has a long history in the valley. The hike is beautiful, but the real meat is all of Greg's knowledge about the history and traditional lifeways in the valley and how and why they have changed over time. He comes at things with a frankness, humility and grace that made the whole experience very impactful. This tour will provide you with an opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of Hawaiian culture and probably correct some of your misconceptions about it. I cannot recommend the cultural tour highly enough and I would absolutely schedule my visit to the island around its availability.

The actual hike to the waterfall goes through a forest full of wild fruit and other tropical trees that have grown up on the remains of ancient terraces that were built when the valley was completely open. There is a pool at the base of the waterfall that you can swim in if you choose to, but it is totally worth the walk even if you don't get in. The hike itself is a little bit hard to categorize in terms of difficulty. The total distance is about 3.5 miles with about 600-700 feet of elevation gain, which would make it moderate by the formula the National Park Service uses. However, there are two stream crossings, several logs to climb over and under, and a good amount of uneven footing throughout. So, if you are unaccustomed to hiking or have any balance issues I would classify it as difficult and encourage you to make an honest self-assessment of your ability level. Hiking sandals are the ideal footwear for this hike -- something that can get wet but has a tough sole with some traction.

If you aren't taking a tour -- even though you absolutely should -- you can still drive down to Halawa Park at the bottom of the Valley (more on the drive below), but you won't be able to go any further as the entire valley is privately owned. I've seen write-ups online of people continuing on without a guide, but just...don't. The cultural tour was the highlight of my visit and trespassing to avoid it would be both disrespectful and pretty crappy.

The drive down into the valley is also quite beautiful. As mentioned in several other reviews, the last ten miles are narrow and winding. If you are accustomed only to city driving, it can seem daunting but it is also very doable if you give yourself adequate time, go slowly and use common sense. The entire road is paved and for much of it there is adequate room for two vehicles to pass if you are cautious. Plus, most of the (very few) other drivers you are likely to encounter are locals used to negotiating the road, so if you defer to their experience (or better yet, are able to get behind and follow one of them) you shouldn't have any serious issues. Put another way, I would take this drive 100 times out of 100 over the road to Hana. Just go slow, pay attention, and defer to the locals.

Overall, this was an amazing experience and not to be missed if you are visiting Molokai.
Written 6 November 2023
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richc801
17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The drive is beautiful but dangerous as the last 10 miles or so is single lane with many turns. The park had very little parking. Also we could not see the falls as the guides were not working that day.
Written 15 June 2023
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Greta B
Calvert City, KY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
My niece decided to sign us up for the Halawa Valley Cultural Hike with The Solatorio Family. From the beginning, you are immersed in local culture as your guide blows a conch shell to let the family know that we care coming. After a gift exchange greeting, we were given a wonderful talk about the valley, the people and the culture of the area. Then, we went on a hike up the valley to a waterfall, where we were free to swim, relax and rest. It was a highlight of our trip to Molokai. Be sure to pack water, snacks and wer GOOD hiking shoes/sandals!
Written 3 May 2023
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Gary B
Vancouver, Canada482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We drove out to Halawa Bay on our own from Kaunakakai town. The route takes you along the waterfront as far as Murphy's Beach and then up into the hills to Puu O Hoku Ranch. Along the way, watch out for Kewala Plantation, Kakahaia Wildlife reserve, The Pukahuwa Battlefield where Kamehameha defeated the island rulers to add Molokai to his kingdom, the Smith-Bronte Landing (or crash) site, the Bellstone, Lihuopae Haiue (difficult to find), the Pukoo Grindz store (great for local lunches and strong coffee), a number of taro patches, the Dunbar Cottages, and lots of beaches, harbours and lookout points. If you are lucky you might see a mongoose (which we did see), deer, and even a nene. The road is paved all the way to Halawa, although you should watch for rock fall on the switchbacks down int to he bay. We regretfully had not booked the hike up to the falls, and the local tropical flower farms was closed the day we drove out. We parked at the end of the road and walked the beaches and waded in the river, and then headed back. If I ever go to Molokai again, I will book the hike and if it's available might stay at one of the cottages at Puu O Hoku ranch because this end of the island is really something.
Written 14 March 2023
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Shelise T
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views. Be patient, pack a lunch snacks and drinks. You can drive as far as the park but cannot go further unless you are with a tour. Would have loved to go further in but drive is on private land. We did not hike into the gorgeous falls. You need to be in good physical health to do so. But those views in were spectacular. The waves were way to strong to swim but we did see one family swim/snorkel in a fish pond area where it was more calm.
Written 20 February 2023
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