Other Molokai Waterfalls

North Shore, Hawaii, USA

About Other Molokai Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: tour
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2003-09-04
Date last visited: 2007-02-25

Waterfall Latitude: 21.17224
Waterfall Longitude: -156.81279

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

There are numerous other Molokai Waterfalls residing on the steep sea cliffs on the north shore of the island.

I created this page to try to show the ones we’ve seen in our trips to Moloka’i (typically via helicopter tour).

Most of them have very temporary or seasonal flows, and this includes the named Kahiwa Falls, which is often quoted as the highest waterfall in Hawai’i. However, I suspect that this claim is probably inaccurate.

Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_152_02252007 - Some thin waterfalls coming down the sea cliffs on the North Shore of Molola'i
Some thin waterfalls coming down the sea cliffs on the North Shore of Molola’i

In addition to named falls such as Kahiwa Falls, there is also Olo’upena Falls, Haloku Falls, Pu’uka’oku Falls, Wailele Falls as well as numerous other unnamed ones.

To be honest, I had a hard time figuring out which one was which. I guess sometimes you’re better off just enjoying the experience and worrying less about geographical details.


The Other Molokai Waterfalls reside on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. To my knowledge, the waterfalls on this page do not belong to a formal authority. However, for information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) website.

Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_136_02252007 - Heading into some nasty weather on our 2007 flight
Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_149_02252007 - One of the noticeable North Shore waterfalls
Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_164_02252007 - Looking back at the mouth of Papalaua Valley in the distance
Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_165_02252007 - NO CAPTION
Blue_Hawaiian_Maui_Heli_173_02252007 - Another one of the thin falls on the North Shore
Air_Maui_027_09042003 - The rugged north shore of Molokai as seen from our 2003 flight
Air_Maui_031_09042003 - Flying over Molokai's crater
Air_Maui_033_09042003 - Grooves in the crater walls of the heart of Molokai

See the Honokohau Falls page for directions to the Maui helipad. The drive from the West Maui resorts like say Lahaina to Kahului was roughly 45 minutes.

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Haloku Sea Cliffs and Waterfalls, Moloka’i, Hawai’i October 15, 2009 11:43 pm by John "Caveman" Gray - Haloku are often called the World's tallest sea cliffs. They rise 3,250 feet, a full kilometer. I ran 78 commercial trips down Koolau Moloka'i in the 1980's but since it was summer (the only time safe to kayak) we never saw Haloku pumping. On my Hurricane John honeymoon trip in August 1995 we did see… ...Read More
Kahiwa Falls October 2, 2009 12:01 pm by John "Caveman" Gray - Kahiwa Falls, Hawai'i's tallest consistent waterfall during the Hurricane John trip. Amporn is wearing a shirt for wind protection. Excuse the quality - this shot is from a 1995 slide. ...Read More

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