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Halona Blowhole!, Majestic!
A blowhole is a lava tube under the water and at the perfect height for waves to be driven into it. The water is compressed as the lava tube becomes smaller and smaller causing the pressure to increase forcing a stream of water to shoot up to thirty-feet into the air.
Just a short drive from the center of Honolulu, up towards the east coast of Oahu lies Halona Blowhole. Every day visitors flock here to see this particular Hawaiian natural wonder, Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago formed the natural occurrence known as the blowhole. The lava tubes extend to the ocean, and when the surf is right, the blowhole can shoot water up to 30 feet in the air. The lookout off the Kalanianole Highway at Halona presents an exceptional vista of the coastline and outer islands, and it is a fantastic spot to watch whales at play in the winter. Just to the right of the Halona Blowhole is the Halona Beach Cove, the place known for the renowned love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 movie, From Here to Eternity.
From the lookout you can not only easily view the blowhole, but also have some truly breathtaking views of the east side of the island. If you’re lucky and it is a clear day, you can even see some of the other islands. Most likely you’ll see Molokai, which is the closest of the islands to Oahu, but you may even be able to make out the pyramid shaped island of Lanai. In addition to spectacular views, keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife.
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Blow off the first blowhole to blow your mind
If you are interested in seeing a blowhole you can always stop at the famous spot where you might be able to see a little of the sea come out for a visit. But if you are a little more adventerous and brought along hiking shoes there is a much better place to visit only a 1/2 mile down the road.
Keep going around the bay until you reach Makapoo Point. This is the same place where Sea Life Park is. You will see a parking lot now with a paved trail going up the mountain. At the top of this trail is a lighthouse.....but that is not where you are going. Once you have climed about half way up you will see a plackard that shows you the migrating path of whales. At this placard you will veer off the normal path and find your way winding down the side of the cliff. About 200 feet below you will see where the ocean meets the rocks.
At the bottom of this climb you will be able to see up to thee active blowholes, waterfalls, tidal pools, and a lot of sealife. Spend some time wading in the pools and relaxing in the current before heading back up the cliff. The climb is easy but can get you winded. To find your way back up just follow the silver of white spraypainted arrows. You will soon find yourself back up where the other tourists are.
Feel proud, you just entered a part of Hawaii that most tourists never get to see.
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Exciting For One Blow
Like most things in life, the Halona Blowhole is only good for one blow.
According to Hawaiiweb.com:
"A blowhole is a lava tube under the water and at the perfect height for waves to be driven into it. The water is compressed as the lava tube becomes smaller and smaller causing the pressure to increase forcing a stream of water to shoot up to thirty-feet into the air. Be extremely cautious around the blowhole."
They also say that during the winter months, you can see whales off the shore from the Blowhole Viewpoint.
In other words, it's fun to watch the water come spurting out once, but after a few blows it become pretty tedious and you'll start thinking of better things to do (and blow for that matter).
Eh... we went, we waited, we saw water vapour, but no dramatic spout.... the sea just was not rough enough to make the flaming thing work, and as soon as we had moved on to another beach, the wind got up and we could see magnificent spouts of water from a distance. Sigh.... a case of not being in the right place at the right time......
We enjoyed all the scenic overlooks....especially the Halona Blowhole. This can be a busy spot during the day, so be careful pulling into the parking lot and be ever watchful. You can walk down to the blowhole if you like, but we chose to be spectators from the overlook. Take advantage of the lookouts all throughout Hawaii. The scenery is nothing short of SPECTACULAR!!!!:)
Halona Lookout 'Blow Hole'. ...
Halona Lookout 'Blow Hole'. The is a natural ocean geyser. The breaking surf is forced through an 'L' shaped lava tube and the water, under tremendous pressure, explodes upwards creating the 'Blow Hole'.
We went on an island tour which took us by the blowhole. I guess the constant surf causes pressure which creates a geyser effect every few minutes.
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