Top ChoiceBeach in Halawa Valley

Halawa Beach Park

Where the road ends at the east of the island you'll find gorgeous Halawa Beach, clasped by verdant tropical hills. It was a favored surfing spot for Molokaʻi chiefs, although these days you probably won't see a...

Top ChoiceChurch in East Molokaʻi

St Joseph’s Church

Only two of the four Moloka‘i churches that missionary saint Father Damien (who selflessly comforted leprosy patients for 16 years) built outside the Kalaupapa Peninsula are still standing. One of them is this...

Top ChoiceWaterfall in Halawa Valley

Mo'oula & Hipuapua Falls

Cascading down the back of the lush Halawa Valley are the mesmerizing twin 250ft Mo'oula and Hipuapua Falls, hidden in a rich valley and reached by a two-hour hike. When you get there you can swim in a large pool...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in East Molokaʻi

ʻIliʻiliʻopae Heiau

'Ili'ili'opae Heiau is Moloka'i's biggest and best-known heiau, and is thought to be the second largest in Hawaii. It also might possibly be the oldest religious site in the state. The dimensions are astonishing:...

Beach in Waialua

Twenty Mile Beach

This spot is well protected by a reef, and the curve of fine sand fronts a large lagoon that's great for snorkeling. Near shore there are rocks and the water can be very shallow, but work your way out and you'll...

Natural Feature in Waialua to Halawa

Rock Point

The pointy clutch of rocks sticking out as the road swings left before the 21-mile marker is, appropriately enough, called Rock Point. This popular surf spot is the site of local competitions and is the place to...

Farm in Halawa Valley

Kuleana Work Center

Pruet runs a flower farm, offers waterfall hikes and makes a mean smoothie from fruit he gathers at this lush spread of land. You can self-tour his colorful gardens or make arrangements in advance for a waterfall...

Church in East Molokaʻi

Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

The present Our Lady of Seven Sorrows is a 1966 reconstruction of the original wood-frame church constructed in 1874 by Hawaii's first saint, Father Damien, who devoted his life to leprosy patients after they...

Historic Site in Waialua to Halawa

Kahinapohaku Fishpond

Ongoing restoration efforts have made this the premier fishpond on the island, tended by konohiki (caretakers) who live simply on site. You can see ancient fishing techniques in use today. It's half a mile east...

Historic Site in East Molokaʻi

ʻUalapuʻe Fishpond

Half a mile beyond the Wavecrest Resort condo development, at mile marker 13, you'll spot ʻUalapuʻe Fishpond on the makai (seaward) side of the road. This fishpond, which is a National Historic Landmark, has been...