It is impossible not to acknowledge that falls are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena. So, the northern part of Moloka’i Island is characterized by exceptionally tall cliffs, deep lovely valleys, and lush green vegetation. Papalaua Falls is one of such beautiful falls located at the beginning of the deep valley, probably the Best Waterfall in Hawaii.
This is an extremely tall waterfall adding extra beauty to this idyllic fairy-tale landscape. Volcanoes, rain, and the ocean in the north-eastern part of Moloka’i have created one of the most remarkable landscapes in the world.
Moreover, volcanic activity over the last 1.5 million years has created mountains here. The Summit of East Moloka’i volcano 1,514 m high gets a lot more rain than the western part of Moloka’i Island almost 4,000 mm per year thus the rainwater has cut amazing valleys in the volcanic shield and formed very tall, almost vertical ridges.
Rain maintains lush vegetation is even very steep slopes which are well covered with an emerald green cover of plants. Waves of the Pacific Ocean have washed out the volcanic shield, creating spectacular cliffs.
Papalaua Falls is about 501 meters tall and comprises five drops. Particularly impressive is the middle part approximately 340 m tall drop. Water is most part does not have a free fall. It beautifully flows along a very steep fissure made by the force of the stream.
Therefore each of the drops ends with a pool. This middle part of falls can be well observed from the sea. The lower part though disappears from the sight it is hidden in a very deep and steep chasm. Papalaua Falls is a sure bet for adventurous travelers who are eager for an authentic Hawaiian experience off the beaten track.