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Halawa Valley, Molokai

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  • We get up at 5 am to try to be on the side of the island to the lifting of the Sun. We have about 1 h 30 drive and Sunrise is usually around 7. Take the road at 5:45. It's completely dark. The 450 thousand # 20 road becomes a road to one lane for both directions. Very very narrow and winding. The last five miles down the Valley of Halawa. We get there before the lifting of the Sun, but we're behind the cliff, and it doesn't stand up... He had to stop before, less at the end of the road... But we're not too disappointed because the places are very beautiful. We're completely in the Valley of Halawa, northeast of the island of Molokai. We wanted to take a "cultural tour", but it was full. We decided to go see the places anyway. We arrived early, we walk, we look at and lunch on the beach. We meet three people who had booked the tour and the husband of the Lady is sick. He won't turn. We therefore only a vacancy becomes available and we take a chance. We stay and wait 9 hours with other tourists. Suddenly, in the distance, we see an "elder" out of the Woods on foot. He comes to talk to us. He was born and lives in the Valley. It is the head of the clan. His son comes to visit. Is he now that "run the business". Her son, I am venturing and asks if we can assist. And the answer is Yes! We join the group... The trick was to consist of a visit to the falls with bathing but it had rained a lot and the guide does not take the risk to go to the fall because of the risk of "flash flood". We come "home" for a cultural visit. He asks permission to enter their territory sacred blowing into a big shell. His father, the great leader, we replied by telling us who he is, who is his family and what is its territory. You're welcome... It then explains how to greet people to do "part of the family" and not be strangers at home. We stick to the forehead and nose. We do it for everyone. Follows a roughly two hours - two and a half hours of teaching on the hawaiian culture and language. We learn so many things... like candlelight hawaiian made with the kukui nuts from which they also make necklaces that indicate that they promise to be good to other people. The teeth of pigs (there a lot of black and white, small wild pigs. We've seen to Kalaupapa yesterday.) represent the Halawa Valley, where they live and where there are pigs (by their shape)... We understand the difference between Kukui nuts and macademia nut. So teaching about their fascinating culture. An oral culture, which is passed from father to son. At the end of the visit, we cross their land and go back to the beach. Here, we cross the river of water to the buttocks and walk on the beach of fine sand and black. We're going up to the tip. On the way back, our guide is here and asked a few more questions... before hitting the road. He is very friendly and welcoming. The road is easier day. Very beautiful too. There are magnificent points of view. We see Maui (8 km) and Lanai in the distance. The visibility is very good today. The water is turquoise. Very blue sky. It's really beautiful and we're privileged. We stop at a beach. We bathe a little. And here, we're talking with a gentleman who made some snorkeling. We forgot our kit this morning. Before leaving, he offers us to keep his mask and his tuba because he lives with his wife all winter in the same complex as we in the West of the island. He was promised to him tonight when we get back. What luck! It allows me to see fish and sea (as the very large slugs) cucumbers. The current is strong, and I have to be careful. I am very happy to be able to snorkel again... The water is good hot. I could spend the afternoon. We went to Kumimi Beach and we hang out on the beach. We stay until 5 p.m. before returning to the condo at the time of the dinner. Even if we read some criticism, we loved our visit... Yes, $40 US per person, it may seem a lot, but for our part, we enjoyed the time spent in the company of Anakala Pilipo and Gregory Kawaimaka Solatorio...
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  • We made reservations online for the orientation and hike to the falls, but on the day of the hike, the tour guide and owner of the property met us at the Halawa park pavilion to explain that the river...  more »
  • The drive there and cultural tour were wonderful. Be RESPECTFUL or be prepared to pay the $1000 (per person) fine for trespassing. First of all, you're not paying a "local" to hike there, you're payin...  more »
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