Nakalele Blowhole

On the northern tip of the western half of Maui lies one of the more spectacular sights on the island. Called the Nakalele Blowhole, the ocean has undercut the shoreline underneath the lava leaving a man-sized hole. The surf crashes against the shore, and the result is a geyser that varies in size depending on the wave action. Sometimes the blowhole reaches heights of over 70 feet.

The area surrounding the blowhole looks like a war zone of lava and twisted rock. Books note that is looks like someone fought a war here with acid, since the rock and lava has a melted and blackened look to it.

The blowhole is right near the coast, which is very rugged and steep in this area of the island. The surf pounds this area, which makes the blowhole vary in height. The best time to view the blowhole is during high tide, so check the local paper to see what time that happens so you can be sure to see the it when conditions are ideal.

I do have some video of the blowhole in action, but I need to resize it down so that most users can view it without a large download. Look for this in the future.

The trail approaching the blowhole The blowhole after eruption A sample of the lava rock nearby
The trail approaching the blowhole The blowhole after eruption A sample of the lava rock nearby
A close-up of the blowhole It is starting to blow... More of the eruption
A close-up of the blowhole It is starting to blow... More of the eruption
Here I am standing near the blowhole Another view of the surrounding rocks Tracie creates a rock message
Here I am standing near the blowhole Another view of the surrounding rocks Tracie creates a rock message
The message she wrote Looking down towards the blowhole And one last peek at the shoreline
The message she wrote Looking down towards the blowhole And one last peek at the shoreline