Top 12 waterfalls of Moloka’i

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Halawa Valley and Hipuapua Falls. It is possible that white spot to the left from falls is a spot of Moa'ula Falls
Halawa Valley and Hipuapua Falls. It is possible that white spot to the left from falls is a spot of Moa'ula Falls / David Holt, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

List of Molokai waterfalls

Below in alphabetic order are listed 10 most impressive waterfalls in Molokai, Hawaii.

1. Haha Falls

Some 240 m tall fall, one of seven tall waterfalls at the upper rim of Kamalo Canyon.

2. Haloku Falls

Lower part of Haloku Falls, Moloka'i
Lower part of Haloku Falls / carmelinhawaii, screen capture from Youtube

Approximately 700 m high seasonal waterfall which falls directly into Pacific Ocean.

3. Hina Falls

380 m tall fall, one of seven tall waterfalls at the upper rim of Kamalo Canyon.

4. Hipuapua Falls

Halawa Valley and Hipuapua Falls. It is possible that white spot to the left from falls is a spot of Moa'ula Falls
Halawa Valley and Hipuapua Falls. It is possible that white spot to the left from falls is a spot of Moa’ula Falls / David Holt, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Approximately 152 – 160 m tall horsetail falls with a single drop.

5. Kahiwa Falls

Lower part of Kahiwa Falls, Molokai
Lower part of Kahiwa Falls / carmelinhawaii, screen capture from Youtube

Roughly 660 m high waterfall with 6 drops up to 183 m high. Waterfall almost directly falls into Pacific Ocean. Strong winds can rise the waterfall up in the air.

6. Moa’ula Falls

Moa'ula Falls from the air. Far right side shows a glimpe of Hipuapua Falls
Moa’ula Falls from the air. Far right side shows a glimpe of Hipuapua Falls / S.Kaiser, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Picturesque horsetail fall with at least 7 drops. Last two drops are around 76 m tall.

7. Mo’oloa Falls

440 m tall fall, one of seven tall waterfalls at the upper rim of Kamalo Canyon.

8. Olo’upena Falls

Lower part of Olo'upena Falls. Haloku Falls seen in the right side
Lower part of Olo’upena Falls. Haloku Falls seen in the right side / carmelinhawaii, screen capture from Youtube

Some 900 m high seasonal waterfall which falls directly into Pacific ocean. One the tallest known waterfalls in the world.

9. Papalaua Falls

Papalaua Falls from the air, Hawaii
Papalaua Falls from the air / S.Kaiser, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

501 m high waterfall with 5 drops, tallest drop is 340 m high. Located at the far end of deep, very impressive valley.

10. Pu’uka’oku Falls

Pu'uka'oku Falls from above, marked with red arrow
Pu’uka’oku Falls from above, marked with red arrow / US NOAA/NOS Aerial Photography by Pacific Disaster Center, 2000, public domain

Roughly 840 m high seasonal waterfall which falls directly into Pacific Ocean.

11. Wailele Falls, Molokai

Wailele Falls near the centre. Lower part of Pu'uka'oku Falls are seen in the right side
Wailele Falls near the centre. Lower part of Pu’uka’oku Falls are seen in the right side / carmelinhawaii, screen capture from Youtube

Some 580 m high seasonal waterfall, falling almost directly into Pacific Ocean.

12. Waimanu Falls, Molokai

Approximately 550 m high waterfall, the tallest drop – 120 m.

Map of the top 12 waterfalls of Moloka’i

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Gorgeous Molokai

Volcanoes, rain and ocean in the north-eastern part of the beautiful Hawaiian island of Molokai have created one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

Volcanic activity over the last 1.5 million years has created mountains here. Summit of East Molokai volcano (1,514 m high) gets a lot more rain than the western part of Molokai island – approximately 4,000 mm per year – thus the rainwater has cut spectacular valleys in the volcanic shield and formed very tall, nearly vertical ridges. Rain maintains lush vegetation – even very steep slopes here are covered with emerald green cover of plants. Waves of the Pacific have washed out the volcanic shield, creating spectacular cliffs.

All of this facilitates development of countless tall waterfalls.

Falling directly in ocean

Northeastern part of Molokai is adorned with extremely high cliffs towering above the sea up to 1,010 meters high. These cliffs belong to highest seaside cliffs of the world. Such cliffs ending abruptly in the sea Hawaiians called "na pali" – sea cliffs.

Most impressive are two sections of these cliffs containing some of the highest waterfalls in the world.

The tallest cliffs – Haloku Cliffs – are located in some 4 – 5 km long section between the Pelekunu and Wailau valleys. These cliffs contain numerous extremely tall falls, though four falls stand out (from west to east):

Just some 4 km to the east there are the next high sea cliffs rising some 750 – 800 m high. These cliffs contain the very impressive Kahiwa Falls (˜660 m tall) with numerous tall jumps along the basalt cliff.

When the wind is strong, Kahiwa Falls do not fall into the ocean – wind catches the water and rises it up again.

White ribbons in green valleys

Papalaua Falls in Molokai, two streams
Papalaua Falls, two streams / S.Kaiser, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Some of the most impressive waterfalls though are located further inland, at the far end of very deep, emerald green valleys. Contrary to seaside waterfalls, these falls of valleys in general are less subject to seasonal changes, they are perennial and more powerful.

These falls are (in the order of height):

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