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Nakalele Blowhole

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 4.5 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Steep lava hike on rugged coastline to an amazing blowhole.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

210' 64 m

High

26' 8 m

Low

231' 70 m

Up

205' 63 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

You can do this as a loop if you don't mind a short walk back on the road. Otherwise, choose one of the two trailheads shown for an out and back.

Description

The north parking (which you'll come to first if coming from Lahaina, Kapalua, etc.) has a longer and more interesting approach. Start down an old jeep road, then curve back towards the highway for a short ways. Look for the "lighthouse" (really a reflector station) and head in that direction. You'll come across a nice grass plateau where someone has lovingly created a labyrinth.

Continue on sharp lava from here with spectacular views of the rugged coast. Work right when you get close to the water (don't get too close - incredibly dangerous here!). You'll find a small blowhole, but continue working right until you get to the big one in about a quarter mile by following the lava benches.

The actual blowhole is incredible - a two-foot hole on a flat patch lava. It looks like a drain until water spurts out up to 40' in the air! Do NOT get too close or try to look in. Rumors hold that people have been sucked in and died.

Note all the cool etched lava that looks like honeycomb. Millennia of salt spray and bacteria have created these patterns.

Head your way back up the hill. This latter part of the trail goes pretty much straight up a gully back to the highway and the second (southern) parking zone.

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Nick Wilder

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POOF!  Spurts 30-40'!
Apr 20, 2015 near Napili-…, HI
Beautiful views of the rugged coast of Nakalele Point
Apr 20, 2015 near Napili-…, HI
Yep, there's a labrynth on the trail...
Apr 20, 2015 near Napili-…, HI
A small, unnamed blowhole.  You'll come to this one first, but Nakalele is farther to the right!
Apr 20, 2015 near Napili-…, HI
Pretty crazy landscape where the blowhole erupts.
Apr 20, 2015 near Napili-…, HI
Probably a bad way to go...
Apr 27, 2015 near Napili-…, HI

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Jul 27, 2019
Paul McCrackin
So beautiful, but overcrowded. Wear good shoes. Saw many struggling in flip flops! 1mi
Jul 19, 2019
Eric Cochrun
Jul 19, 2019
James Kirk
9h 09m
Jul 9, 2019
Ana Ibáñez
May 20, 2019
Hugo Carrillo
Jan 19, 2019
Greg Gower
1mi
Dec 20, 2018
Annie Qiu
Nov 7, 2018
Clark Sperry
quick trailish run and back on the road. many photo stops. beautiful. 1.5mi