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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
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Lows 61 to 74. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 70.2° F
Relative Humidity: 52%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 51.8° F

Winds from the East at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:24 AM
Sunset: 5:57 PM
Weather reported from Pukalani, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW3)
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 70 to 84. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 75. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 71 to 85. Light winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 61 to 74. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph with gusts to 60 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:12 PM
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