Halawa Park covers the flat area on East Moloka‘i, where the Halawa Valley opens to the ocean, and has two beaches of gray sand. The larger one is soft sand, and the smaller, bisected with Halawa Stream, is rockier. The shore slopes gently from the beach to deep water and makes for excellent swimming in the summer. Winter waves roll in and attract surfers.
Archaeologists think this may have been one of the earliest spots Polynesians settled when they arrived in Hawaii, arrive here as early as 650 AD. The drive on Kamehameha V Highway offers stunning view of Maui across the channel and several old churches, reason enough to stop.
Restrooms, grills, and a picnic pavilion to shelter you from eastern Moloka‘i’s frequent showers, provide comfort. The ghostly remains of a church are nearby.
Farther upstream and outside of park boundaries is 250-foot Mo‘olua Falls. Only guided hikes are available to the falls since you must cross private property. Try to arrange one with Anakala Solotorio, the valley’s oldest resident.