Hiking into Halawa Valley on Molokai is hiking into one of Molokai’s most ancient places. The Halawa Valley trek will lead you past the ruins of structures believed to have been built by Polynesians around 650 AD, through thick foliage, and through a river. You will ultimately end at the double tiered 250 foot Mo’oula Falls where you can swim in the cool waters at the base of the waterfall.
When we visited Molokai on our most recent visit to Hawaii, we wanted to experience the Halawa Valley waterfall hike because it sounded like a beautiful way to spend the day and because of the rich culture and history associated with the valley.
The hike to the Mo’oula Falls is only possible with a guide as you must cross onto private property for access. The Solatorio family provides guided hikes from their property to the falls through their Halawa Falls Cultural Hike.
To start the hike we waited at the Halawa Park where a member of the Solatorio family, Gregory, met us to escort us to the family property. Along the road to the gate, Gregory explained to us how it was customary to announce your arrival by using a conch shell to request permission to enter and wait for a response back before walking onto the property.
Tips for Hiking Halawa Valley
- Don’t attempt to do the hike on your own, arrange a tour with Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hikes
- Be sure to make a lunch/bring snacks as food is not provided
- Make sure you have bug repellant as the mosquitos can be horrendous. We like these Ben’s Tick and Insect Wipes
- Leave EARLY to get to the meeting spot since the road is windy and very picturesque
- Wear breathable, quick dry clothing. Check out my Hawaii Packing List to help give you an idea
- Pack the right gear for hiking and for Hawaii
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