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Halawa Valley Trail

Hawaii > Molokai > East End
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain500 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The culturally significant Halawa Valley was inhabited as early as in AD 650. Presently, it is home to 12 ancient temples of the Milokais

Start the trail from the trail head which comes after the parking lot and walk along the road passing homes, taro fields and an irrigation trench. When you cross the trench, you will walk into a lower valley and pass an old house foundation and burial site. A rock wall borders the trail which is believed to be the remains of old boundary walls.

You will see the first ancient temple on the trail surrounded by a stone wall. The rock wall marks the division between the lower valley and the upper valley. As you continue along the trail you will pass an ancestral fireplace. There is a platform after the rock wall which the ancient Hawaiians used to make offerings to the God of Fish. A few more steps ahead and you will pass the Fertility temple. Leaving the fertility temple, you will come to the place with many circles of learning. From here you will have the first glimpse of the Mo'olua Falls and the Halawa stream below.

Look for the old temple dedicated to the God of Agriculture and Peace and another stone wall marking the entry to the upper valley. Look straight and you will see the Mo'olua Falls ahead.

Best time to go
For swimming April to October, For falls November to March

Local guide required

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 9.428' N
156° 44.312' W

Driving Directions:
You need to take Hwy.450 from Kaunakakai to reach Halawa. Then turn left at the Halawa Valley sign and park at the lot of the roadside church.
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Weather Report for Lahaina, HI
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the evening. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 57 to 68. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Temperature: 73.7° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 71.0° F

Winds from the ENE at 0.0 mph gusting to 1.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.01"
Today: 0.04"

Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 6:28 PM
Weather reported from Central Kihei, Kihei, HI (KHIKIHEI32)
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 63 to 82. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 67. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny. Showers likely in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 62 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 69. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:52 PM
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