8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Leisure
For your second day, explore East Moloka‘i. On Highway #450, drive East towards Halawa Valley. Along the way, enjoy the following scenic points of interest:
- One of nearly 70 fishponds on Moloka‘i.
- It has been a dream to see the Hawaiian built fishponds working again and to see them used by the Hawaiian people. A work-in-progress, it is a labor of love to bring these beautiful and ancient fishponds back to life. Some of the many species farmed in the fishponds are Hawaiian Mullet, Goatfish (or weke), shrimps, and seaweed (or limu), to name a few.
Saint Damien’s St. Joseph Church
- Built by the Belgium Catholic Saint Damien in 1876, St. Joseph's Church is the second oldest church on Molokai.
- A statue of Saint Damien stands beside the old church and is often draped in leis in honor of "The Martyr of Molokai".
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
- Saint Damien's second Catholic church on Molokai is Our Lady of Sorrows.
- Built in 1874, thisChurch remains in excellent condition and is beautifully silhouetted by the mountains. During his visits to St. Joseph's, Saint Damien would conduct Mass here, even though he was extremely ill with Hanson’s Disease for several years prior to his death, Saint Damien maintained his arduous schedule.
Kumimi Beach Park
- This small park is shaded by native trees, which line a whitesand beach, generally is a very safe swimming spot.
- On calm days snorkeling and diving are great beyond the reef.
Manae Goods & Grinds
- This is the last stop before arriving Halawa Valley.
- Located at the end of Highway 450, Halawa Valley offers beautiful vistas, rich flora and rare Hawaiian plants and
animals. It’s approximately 28-miles from Kaunakakai.
- Halawa Valley is the first area on Moloka‘i settled by voyagers from the Marquesas Islands, which was as early as 650AD. Many hidden heiaus (places of worship) are in this Valley, thus deemed one of Hawai‘i’s most sacred areas.
- At the head of this spectacular Valley are two impressive waterfalls. The first is a double-tiered 250-foot Mo‘oula Falls,
a delightful pool and perfect place to rest and enjoy lunch.
- Legend states that a giant lizard (mo‘o) lives in the pool. Before swimming, visitors are advised to drop a ti leaf into the water. If it floats, it is safe to swim. However if it sinks, the mo‘o is angry and will not welcome you.
- Another ¼- mile north of Mo‘oula Falls is Hipuapua Falls, a stunning 500-foot cascading waterfall to be admired from a
distance as there are no trails to this waterfall.
- The 4.2-mile round trip hike is fairly difficult, and the only way to explore the area is with a guide, as the trail crosses
- Bring your own bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent, backpacks and snacks. Wear covered shoes (no sandals), comfortable clothing, and wear swimsuit under hiking clothes.
- This hike is about 4 – 5 hours.