HalawaOne of the “must see” activities when visiting Molokai is to learn about Halawa Valley. Anakala Pilipo is the last living Hawaiian descendent to be born and raised in Halawa Valley and still reside there. Chosen at the age of five to be the cultural practitioner for his family, he continues the tradition of carrying on Hawaiian cultural practices for both kama’aina and visitors alike with guided hikes through the lush valley. He is joined by his son Greg, who has been chosen to preserve and continue the Hawaiian culture. Anakala or Greg share stories about Halawa Valley’s unique history. Anakala is one of the few living witnesses to the devastating April 1946 tsunami.Halawa 2

Embrace this opportunity to hike Halawa Valley guided by two men whose passion and knowledge are unmatched. Your hike begins with traditional Hawaiian protocol and takes you deep into the valley as you discover ancient rock features, taro terraces and cultural landmarks.
The trail crosses through private property so this hike is the only way to truly experience the valley and visit the Mo’oula Falls. When you reach the falls, you can swim in the lagoon beneath before enjoying your lunch with stunning and peaceful views.

The hike is family friendly and costs $60 for adults and $35 for children (ages 6-12). The hike is approximately three miles round trip and crosses two rivers so be prepared for your feet to get wet (no slippers allowed). Bring along some water, snacks, repellent and a camera.

For more information on the Halawa Valley Falls Cultural Hike and Anakala and Greg, please visit

http://www.halawavalleymolokai.com

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