Hawaii Guide


Halawa Valley, Molokai's Grand Canyon


Halawa Valley is an outdoorsman's playground that can be found on the eastern most part of Molokai and is worth spending a good portion a day, at least, visiting and exploring.

Getting to the valley is relatively easy, as the island's main highway (450) runs directly to Halawa from the main city of Kaunakakai and takes about one and half hours to complete. The 30 mile trip is also quite pleasant and in many ways is a journey of discovery all in itself.

Molokai was the home to the selfless priest, Father Damien, who extended a kind hand to the island's leper colonies during the late part of the 1800s. Not to long after leaving Kaunakakai on your way to Halawa you will pass by two churches that came about through his hard work "Saint Joseph's" and "Our Lady of Sorrows." Visitors will quickly notice the number of fishponds that litter the route. These are not just your everyday, run of the mill fishponds though, they are in fact remnants left behind by the ancient Hawaiians that used them to farm and hold saltwater fish. As you get closer to your destination you will notice that the road begins to start climbing, and if you look out onto the Pacific you will probably notice a small island that sort of resembles a turtle. This is the island of Mokuhooniki, which was used as a landmark by bombers during the course of WW II.

So after your one and a half hour history lesson you have finely arrived at your destination, what now? The area around Halawa is bursting with things to do and sites to be visited. Halawa Bay has some of the most beautiful scenery on the island and the waters here are phenomenally clean. This is definitely one of the nicest places just to stretch out and relax, and don't worry about being disturbed because this part of the island seems to unusually quiet. What often shocks many visitors is that on strolling further down the beach this serene setting suddenly changes into one characterized by rough waters and jagged rocks. Another favourite beach area is the One Ali I Beach Park that is used mostly by campers.

Hawala is also home to the double tiered Moaula Falls, which is one of the most spectacular waterfalls on Hawaii that drops an impressive 250 feet into stream. To get to the falls involves navigating a 2 mile trail from Halawa Valley. This trail unfortunately requires the presence of a guide this is because the falls are located on private property.

Trails, clear waters, and a picturesque landscape make this a prime area for hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. If you would like to learn more about any of these activities and possibly inquire about rental equipment, then we recommended calling Fish Dive on 808 553 5926.