Nakalele Blowhole

Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole Professional Review and Guide

"A short scramble down a seaside cliff scattered with lava rocks brings hikers to a grand viewpoint overlooking a natural blowhole. When the surf’s up, the ocean shoots powerfully into the air—just remember to stay back a safe distance."

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"Blowholes are created when the sea undercuts a lava cliff in which there is a crack or other opening. When the surf crashes into the shore, the water is forced up through the hole like a geyser.

The height of the fountain varies with the tides and the size of the surf, and it’s especially fun to go when the tide is coming in and the water shoots higher and higher. On a weekday you’ll only share the scene with a few goats, but summer weekends are busier."

"Blowholes are created when the sea undercuts a lava cliff. If there is a crack or other opening in the overhanging rock shelf, when the surf crashes into the shore the water is forced up through the hole like a geyser. The height of the fountain varies with the tides and the size of the surf. It’s fun to go when the tide is coming in and watch the water shoot higher and higher.

There are several informal routes from the highway to the blowhole. The easiest way to reach it is to start down the orange-gated road over windswept, goat-mowed ground, wandering downhill and to the right (east) toward the Nakalele Point Light Station. Along the way you’ll see hundreds—maybe thousands—of cairns of stacked lava rocks."

"This place is pure magic. The Nakalele Blowhole is at the desolate north tip of Maui by a lighthouse beacon on the east edge of Nakalele Point. The blowhole is in a small cove with rough, turbulent surf. The cove is surrounded by layered, wind-sculpted lava formations and tidepools.

At the trailhead is a surrealistic open field covered with hundreds of cairns. The trail passes the light beacon before crossing the beautifully carved lava rock shelf, passing tidepools en route to the blowhole. The blowhole erupts as incoming waves blast air and water through a hole from an underwater sea cave. The water will spurt more vigorously during high tide."

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8/23/2018
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7/20/2018
Very nice and fun to see the water blowing in the hole ! Easy!
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8/16/2010
This is a great trail! If you start from the left side (which is first) you will be treated to an area that is literally being eaten by acid. The ocean views from up here are beautiful and we even saw dolphins down below. You will get to a small blowhole, but don't turn around. The biggest one is a little farther down. Bring your camera, forget the hat. It'll likely blow off and you'll never see it again.
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12/29/2008
Nakalele Blowhole is one of the most interesting natural phenomena on Maui. It can be seen from the highway about halfway between mile markers 38 and 39. For the outdoor person park at mile marker 38 and hike the dirt road to the shore light. Then hike down the ravine to the right of the shore light onto the lava flow. Continue hiking right around the base of the hill side following the white paint marks. The blowhole can only be seen by hiking past the spot and looking back from the next point.
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7/30/1999
While it's not really a hike, the climb down to the blowhole requires some scrambling over lava rocks. Be careful when approaching the hole itself, since the rocks are slippery and falling in could be fatal. While visiting this area, we rode an off-road skateboard down the grassy parking area getting some great wipe-out videos of both kids and adults. While out-of-the-way, it's still a good destination drive.
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Trail Information

Kihei
Nearby City
0.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
45 minutes
Duration
Year-Round
Season

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Oct 2018