Halawa Valley is not the best known of the Hawaiian archipelago. Instead, everyone who discovers it is amazed. There we expect the most natural and friendly aspect of these islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, the island of Molokai, where the Halawa Valley is located, is known as "The friendly isle", the friendly island.
The Halawa Valley in Molokai
The charm of this Hawaiian island is the least exploited of the archipelago. While in other islands such as Maui or Hawaii itself, mass tourism has made attractions and leisure activities abound, as well as the large hotel complexes, in the case of Molokai everything is much quieter and quieter.Waterfall in the valley
Here the attractions are the wonderful island landscapes. The beauty of these places and the relaxation that is transmitted are the reasons for visiting. In this sense, Halawa Valley is an emblem of Molokai. But there are many other very interesting places to enjoy during these peculiar Hawaiian vacations.
You can enjoy horseback riding on a donkey in the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Likewise, it is advisable to lie in the sand of one of the largest beaches in Hawaii, Papohaku Beach. And of course, you have to calmly contemplate the two great island volcanoes: Molokai East and Molokai West.
A sacred valley
Part of the charm of the Halawa Valley resides in its natural wealth, which is splendid. But another wonder that hides this corner of the island is its spirituality. Scholars of Hawaiian traditions say that in this forest the Indians settled 2500 years ago and that it has always had a magical character for them.
Because, as you walk along its paths you will discover small temple, altars or places of worship. They call them heiau, and seeing them during the walk is one of the great satisfactions of this excursion among the lush tropical vegetation.
Part of the history of HawaiiInterior of the valley - Wayne Batzer / Flickr.com
Because of the age of the settlements that would be in the Halawa Valley, it can be said that this part of the easternmost part of Molokai It is one of the places that previously occupied the entire Hawaiian archipelago.
Thus it is attested by the archaeological remains that have been found. Not only in the form of heiau, also with vestiges of walls or irrigation ditches for their agricultural land.
The area today is uninhabited. The reason has been several tsunamis that ended the cultivation fields and, therefore, with the possibilities of subsistence in this area of the island.
Walk through the Halawa Valley
Touring the dense forest of the Halawa Valley is almost a must during a few days of vacation in Molokai. Although the expression is not correct, because rather it is a delight. It is a space of small dimensions, since the valley barely lasts for 5 kilometers and its width is less than a kilometer.Halawa Beach
In addition, the walk has as a reward that The valley flows into Halawa Beach Park. There, obviously, one can take a refreshing dip in the ocean.
That bathroom is more than deserved if we make our way to Mooula Falls, one of the most beautiful places in the Halawa Valley. These are waterfalls that reach a height of more than 70 meters in the middle of the jungle.
To contemplate them you have to follow a path of about three kilometers and mostly upward. Although not to be scared, since it is an easy road for almost everyone. Yes, It is essential to go with a local guide, among other things because it is a private territory.
By the way, there are other even bigger waterfalls, Hipuapua waterfalls. Which can also be reached with a guide to cross private land. Even in the area of its two beaches, Kaili and Kaiwili, there are spaces for private use.
This is something that is not told long before a trip to Hawaii, but the reality is that public property and the free enjoyment of these spaces are not common. Even in places as remote as the Halawa Valley.