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Feb 04

Nakalele Blowhole- Maui

Rugged Coast Nakalele Blowhole is a unique feature of West Maui and is worth the drive and short hike to see.  If you have ever been to Yellowstone and seen a geyser go off then this will be very familiar to you except unlike a geyser which is created by heat the Nakalele Blowhole is solely powered by fury of the ocean.  This blowhole was created by ocean cutting away at the lava shelf below it.  When the tide is high and ocean waves are pounding water shoots through a man-sized hole in the lava and shoots it high into the air.
Danger Sign

The hike down to the blowhole was steep and rocky.  Karen and I were both wearing sturdy closed toe shoes and took our time down.  I would not recommend this hike for those that have bad knees or people that are unsteady when they walk.  We saw kids as young as 5 and those as old as 60 take the hike to the bottom.  Nobody had any troubles while we were there though we did see one lady decide to sit near the top of the hike and just enjoy the wonderful views of the area.
Nakalele Blowhole

Karen and I were there at low tide and the ocean surf was not pounding so we did not get to see Nakalele Blowhole at its finest, which I was perfectly happy with because I used the calm seas to enjoy snorkeling at Honolua Bay which is one of the best spots in Maui.  We talked about going back and seeing if it was shooting any better on a different day, but there were so many wonderful things to see and do on Maui that we just ran out of time.
Maui Blowhole

We highly recommend that you bring comfortable hiking shoes and water on this short hike.  Due to the rocky terrain going barefoot or sandals is just asking for trouble.  Also you will want to use your better judgment about how close to get to the blowhole.  There have been deaths caused by being swept or sucked down.  This is a wild area and there are no guard rails to keep people from hurting themselves.   It is worth going to see and if given the chance to go back to Maui we would go back to this spot at high tide and enjoy the show.
Maui Coastline

To get to the Nakalele Blowhole take Highway 30 north from Kapalua.  The road is narrow in a few sections and a couple of times it narrows down to a lane and half.  Just take your time and pay attention on the road and less on the rugged scenery, which I admit is easier said than done.  Around the 38 mile marker there will be a gravel parking lot that is the start of the hike to the Nakalele Blowhole.  Karen and I did not stop here instead we took the second trail to the blowhole which is about a mile past mile marker 38.  There was a small dirt pullout here and within in a few yards we were overlooking the blowhole and the path down to it.

Picture not watermarked via  http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/f5/5a/b3/nakalele-blowhole-1.jpg – so you can see what it is like when the conditions are right.

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