Hālawa Valley, Moloka'i, Hawaii
Located on the east side of Moloka’i, the Hālawa Valley is home to breathtaking vistas and the 250-foot Mooula Falls. It is believed that ancient Polynesians settled here as early as 650 AD, making the Hālawa Valley one of the island’s most historic areas. Extending several miles inland and spanning half a mile wide, the valley feels thick with wonderful tradition and lore of the past. Hidden heiau—or temples—add to the mystic, and you might just hear the chants and songs of ancients on the winds that breeze through the broad leaves of tall trees. Once the site of extensive taro fields, after several 20th century tsunamis prompted most residents to move away, this quiet valley is home to only a few families nowadays. At the mouth of the valley, a beautiful beach offers a pristine spot for quiet, peaceful relaxation.