Nakalele Blowhole: Does it Blow?

Let me tell you about the Nakalele Blowhole on Maui.

First of all, let’s start with the basics – what is a blowhole? Well, it’s kind of like a natural geyser, but instead of hot water, it shoots out seawater! Pretty cool, right?

The Nakalele Blowhole is one of the most popular blowholes on Maui, and for good reason. It’s located on the northern coast of the island, near the town of Kahului, and it’s a sight to behold. When the waves come crashing into the shore, the water is forced through an underwater lava tube, and when the pressure builds up enough, it shoots out of the blowhole like a geyser. It can reach heights of up to 100 feet! And the admission is free!

But let’s be real, the best part of the Nakalele Blowhole isn’t just watching the water shoot into the air. It’s the sound. When the water shoots out of the blowhole, it makes a loud, thunderous noise that echoes across the coast. It’s like nature’s own sound system!

“Pretty cool scenery but can be a difficult walk for elderly people.”

Now, I have to warn you – as impressive as the Nakalele Blowhole is, it can also be dangerous. The waves and currents in the area can be strong, and there have been accidents in the past. So, if you do decide to visit, please exercise caution and stay a safe distance away.

All in all, the Nakalele Blowhole is a must-see attraction on Maui. It’s a natural wonder that’s sure to leave you in awe, and the sound it makes is unforgettable. So, grab your camera, hold on to your hat, and let’s go check out the Nakalele Blowhole!

Nakalele Blowhole Directions


If you’re traveling from Kapalua to the Nakalele Blowhole, you’ll want to take Highway 30 (also known as the Honoapiilani Highway) towards Kahului. The highway turns into HI-340 (also known as the Kahekili Highway); continue on this road for about 2.4 miles until you see the signs for the Nakalele Blowhole or the Coconut Water Stand.

If you’re traveling from Kahului to the Nakalele Blowhole, you’ll want to take Highway 340 and continue on this road. The parking area is on the right side, about 5 miles north of Kahakuloa; you might see the signs for the Nakalele Blowhole.

I would highly recommend using a GPS or map application on your phone to help navigate, as the roads can be winding and it’s easy to get turned around. Also, please exercise caution when driving on the Kahekili Highway, as it can be narrow and winding in places.

Nakalele Blowhole Trail

Napakele Blowhole from a distance

The Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a short, but scenic, 1.5-mile total out-and-back hiking trail that leads visitors to the famous blowhole on Maui’s northern coast. The trailhead is located off of Highway 340 (also known as the Kahekili Highway) near mile marker 38.5.

The trail starts off with a short downhill section that leads visitors to the rocky coastline. Along the way, you’ll pass by several interesting rock formations, including one that looks like a heart, and another that looks like a dragon’s head. It’s a great opportunity to snap some photos and take in the stunning coastal views.

Once you reach the coast, you’ll be able to see the Nakalele Blowhole in the distance. From here, the trail becomes a bit more rugged, as you’ll need to navigate over rocks and through tide pools to get to the blowhole. Be sure to watch your step and keep an eye on the waves, as they can be unpredictable and dangerous.

When you reach the blowhole, you’ll be treated to an impressive display of water shooting up into the air. As I mentioned before, please exercise caution and stay a safe distance away from the blowhole. It can be tempting to get closer for a better view, but the rocks can be slippery and the waves can be strong.

Overall, the Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a fun and easy hike that offers some of the most breathtaking views on Maui’s northern coast. It’s a great way to get some exercise while also experiencing one of Maui’s most unique natural wonders. Just remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and exercise caution when navigating the rocks along the coast.

Nakalele Blowhole. October 2019

Things to Know About the Nakalele Blowhole

  1. The Nakalele Blowhole is created by a natural geologic process. As waves crash against the rocky coastline, water is forced into a narrow channel in the rock. This causes a buildup of pressure, which eventually shoots water up through the blowhole.
  2. The blowhole can shoot water up to 100 feet in the air on a particularly strong day.
  3. The area around the blowhole can be dangerous, especially during high tide or rough surf. Visitors should exercise caution and stay a safe distance away from the blowhole.
  4. There are a few legends associated with the Nakalele Blowhole. One legend says that the blowhole was created by a powerful mo’o (Hawaiian dragon) who lived in the area. Another legend says that the blowhole was created by a powerful kahuna (Hawaiian priest).
  5. The surrounding area is also home to several other interesting attractions, including the Olivine Pools, a series of tide pools with crystal-clear water, and the Heart-Shaped Rock, a rock formation that naturally resembles a heart.
  6. Finally, it’s worth noting that there are no facilities at the Nakalele Blowhole trailhead, so visitors should bring their own water and snacks. Also, the trail can be a bit rocky and uneven, so it’s recommended that visitors wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Olivine Pool, Nakalele Blowhole & Kaanapali Beach, Maui

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