Halawa Valley
Halawa Valley
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Situated on the eastern side of Molokai.
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LoveMrEd2
Collinsville, OK38 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This was an incredible cultural experience from the source. Greg is actively in position to carry the torch of teaching people about their true Hawaiian experience. The roots of their family in this valley go back to when there was a thriving community prior to the 1946 tsunami, where all survived due to working together to escape the waters.
Fascinating stories from am engaging, charismatic family, I wish I had unlimited time and opportunity to listen. I can't emphasize enough what an amazing opportunity this was.
I feel like many other reviews glossed over the reality of the hike to the waterfall. For young, fit hikers, this is probably what I would consider a moderate hike. For anyone whose "fitness" is challenged-- whether by health, condition, agree, etc., I would call this difficult. There is some clambering over boulders, jumping from rock to rock, wading, etc. There's ducking under branches, getting over fallen logs, etc., So requires strength, flexibility and agility.
Tanner and Devak are impressively patient and knowledgable.
Make sure to do your due diligence on planning the time it takes to drive there and back. The drive is amazingly beautiful, but is a one lane road for the last few miles.
There is supposedly a good ahi sandwich available at a place near mile marker 16, but it was closed by the time we got by there on our way back.
Written 23 January 2023
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Elenita D
Penn Valley, CA32 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This was not only an adventurous hike to a beautiful waterfall but also a fabulous cultural experience. My husband and I learned a lot about the real history of the area. It was a very interesting presentation before the hike, given by the son of the last living resident. You’ll meet the grandfather, the son and grandson.
At the waterfall you can swim, eat your lunch, relax before heading back.
The drive out there is also a beautiful, scenic drive.
Written 2 December 2022
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Andy W
6 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Long, windy, narrow road along the south shoreline to the Halewa Valley. Majestic views.. however the weather suddenly changed from sunny to rainy, slippery and foggy. It was quite an adventure. Felt like I was driving thru Jurassic Park
Written 11 November 2022
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debbieisacatlover
Mooresville, IN59 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike was an incredible experience. The cost was $70 per person and it was definitely worth every penny! From the very beginning, we were treated to the life and culture of an authentic Hawaiian family. We were picked up at the park in the valley and walked to Pilipo's home. We were greeted with love and thankfulness (like family) because we were interested in learning about the Hawaiian culture. Anakala was raised in the valley, born in 1937. Greg (son) and Anakala spent about an hour sharing with us the history (including old photos) of the Halawa Valley. Then, Greg's oldest son Devak, guided us to the Moaula Falls through the forest. He shared with us a wealth of information about the valley, including old waterways, old houses, trees, fruits, old worship areas, and beliefs. When we arrived at the falls, we enjoyed a refreshing swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. There were 2 stream crossings which Devak made so easy for this 58 year old woman to cross. So much fun and I would highly recommend to everyone!
Written 25 October 2022
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Markus F
Palo Alto, CA53 contributions
Oct 2022
We spent an inspiring and beautiful half day learning about local cultural traditions and hiking to one of the waterfalls with Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike, the only way to explore this valley. We were lucky to meet three generations of the guide family, all incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable about this area.
Written 25 October 2022
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Brent G
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Extremely pretty drive but extremely sketchy. I never write reviews but felt this is necessary.

Most of the road was a one way. If someone else was coming I really don’t know what I would have done other than reverse which sounded terrible given the road is on an ocean cliff side and is all twists and turns. If you are the one driving, you don’t get to enjoy the scenery as much as passengers as you are focusing 110% of the drive, one error could leave you and everyone in the car dead.

Really pretty though
Written 22 October 2022
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Jessica C
Maple Valley, WA30 contributions
Dec 2021
This was an amazing experience! Be prepared for it to last the full five hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the first hour of Greg sharing parts of his culture and family history coupled with photographs. I don't think I'll look at anything that I do in Hawaii the same ever again now that I've been given a glimpse into the "authentic Hawaiian culture" that is still alive in the Halawa Valley.

Greg's son, nephew, and cousin did a wonderful job helping with the river crossings (more on this later) and were a wealth of knowledge being able to answer just about any question that we asked. They made my mom (just turned 60 and hates water) more comfortable crossing the unexpected rivers.

A thing to note: this hike is not super easy (but nor is it super difficult), you are going up and over obstacles the entire way up. It is roughly 2+ miles from the picnic area that you meet at. There isn't much elevation gain, but lots you can trip on so you have to pay attention to where you walk. Also, depending upon the rain, these are definitely river crossings. My husband and I started with hiking shoes but quickly changed into high quality water shoes with rubber soles for the remainder of the hike. I would highly recommend this option so you don't have to carry your hiking shoes, but make sure that they are higher quality ones that have a rubber sole (not foam). The river crossings were higher than usual due to rain, but be prepared to cross in knee deep water with current. As mentioned the guides did an amazing job getting people across without incident, but that was something we weren't expecting when we booked. I also wouldn't recommend this for young children, I'd probably keep it to a capable 7 year old and up, otherwise you might end up carrying them across the rivers which looks dangerous.

Overall, an AMAZING experience that I would do again in a heart beat. My husband and I loved every minute of it. Don't let the price tag sway you, it is well worth the amount paid.
Written 4 January 2022
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Lee Bob
Arizona21 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Beautiful drive along coast and mountain areas to get to end of the road. Small bay with black sand. Nice for swimming. A lovely afternoon. Just know that there are no facilities.
Written 8 December 2021
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Travistravelers
15 contributions
Oct 2021
Your trip to Molokai is not complete without meeting Greg Solotario and his father, Pilipo, and learning about Hawaii's forgotten culture. This adventure is incredible and will change your life and your entire outlook on Hawaii.

Thank you for welcoming us and sharing your culture.
Travis Family Travels on YouTube
Written 1 November 2021
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Cathy E
Lahaina, HI17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Definitely go on the Halawa Valley Falls cultural hike. So beautiful. Greg welcomes you to his home and guides you through the valley while providing lessons of the true Hawaiian culture. Be prepared to cross a stream with flowing water that can go up to your knees. I wore my water shoes and was glad I did. It is a once in a lifetime adventure.
Written 10 July 2021
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