Looking mauka (inland) from Halawa Bay on the island of Molka’i, you will find steep and lush Halawa Valley and the Mooula Waterfall fed by the Halawa and Mooula streams headed in the hills above. The waterfall gets its name–“moo” meaning lizard–from a legend that the pool at the foot of the waterfall is inhabited by a giant lizard.
Halawa Valley is on Moloka’i’s east side where the highway comes to a winding and scenic end. Halawa Valley has a uniquely documented history–in fact the valley has the longest continual cultural sequence documented in Hawaii, going back around 1,350 years. The valley is filled with archaeological sites including dwellings, temples, farmland and more. It has been called one of the most complete representations of prehistoric Hawaiian culture.
Except for the bay and a bit of land around it, the entire area is privately owned, which means getting a guide or permission to make the waterfall hike.
Makena State Park in South Maui has a couple of the island’s bigger beaches (one is aptly named “Big Beach”) and definitely some of the island’s best sunset views. read more
We hope that this bouquet of sweet smelling pink plumeria brighten your day and share some love from the Aloha State. read more
Also known as Gazania (Gazania linearis), the Treasure Flower produces blooms that look like sunflowers that grow to 10 inches high. read more
One orchid variety regularly seen on the islands is the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis), like this beautiful White Moth Orchid with a bright pink stigma. read more
A bright white (ke’oke’o) hibiscus shines in the Hawaiian daylight with a dark red stamen. read more
Mauna Kea–“White Mountain”–tops out at just shy of 14,000 feet. read more
A steersman guides his hand-carved outrigger canoe through the waters near Kamehameha Iki Park, Maui during the 11th Annual International Festival of Canoes in 2008. read more
A radiant akala ‘okika–pink orchid–comes into focus on the island of Hawaii read more
This sunshine yellow plumeria has a contrasting red stripe on the underside of each of its five petals. read more
The Kalaupapa Peninsula stretches flatly into the Pacific, a stark contrast to the adjoining cliffs of Moloka’i’s north shore that are nearly vertical and some of the highest in the world at over 2000 feet. read more
The West Maui Mountains stand tall against the skyline, rising sharply out of a glassy Maui sea. read more