Molokai Sights

Halawa Valley

  • Eastern end of Rte. 450 Map It
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

The Solatorio Ohana (family) leads hikes through the valley, the oldest recorded habitation on Molokai. It is home to two sacrificial temples and many historic sites. Inhabitants grew taro and fished from 650 until the 1960s, when an enormous flood wiped out the taro patches and forced old-timers to abandon their traditional lifestyle. Now, a new generation of Hawaiians has begun the challenging task of restoring the taro fields. Much of this work involves rerouting streams to flow through carefully engineered level ponds called loi. The taro plants, with their big, dancing leaves, grow in the submerged mud of the loi, where the water is always cool and flowing. Hawaiians believe that the taro plant is their ancestor and revere it both as sustenance and as a spiritual necessity. The 3.4-mile round-trip valley hike, which goes to Moaula Falls, a 250-foot cascade, is rated intermediate to advanced and includes two moderate river crossings (so your feet will get wet). A $60 fee per adult supports restoration efforts.

Sight Information

Address:

Eastern end of Rte. 450, Hawaii, 96748, United States

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Phone:

808-551–5538; 808-551–1055

Sight Details:

  • $60

Published 07/24/2015

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