Nestled along the southeastern coast of Oahu, lies the fascinating Halona Blowhole. This natural wonder, formed by volcanic activity and erosion, is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the island. When the waves crash against the rocky shoreline, water is forced through an underwater lava tube, creating a powerful jet of water that can reach up to 30 feet high.
Geological Formation and Function
The blowhole was created as a result of lava flow from the Koko Crater, which met the ocean and formed a lava tube. Over time, erosion widened the tube’s opening, allowing the ocean’s waves to force water through the passage and create the stunning water spout that visitors see today.
Location and Accessibility
Halona Blowhole is situated between Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach on the Kalanianaole Highway. The site is easily accessible by car or public transportation, and there are parking facilities available at the Halona Blowhole Lookout.
Halona Blowhole Directions
Located just a 20-minute drive from Waikiki, the journey to the blowhole is an experience in itself. To reach the Halona Blowhole from Waikiki, follow these directions:
Start by heading east on Kalakaua Avenue toward Paoakalani Avenue.
Turn left onto Paoakalani Avenue, and continue straight onto Monsarrat Avenue.
Stay on Monsarrat Avenue as it turns into Paki Avenue.
Turn left onto Kapahulu Avenue, and then turn right onto Kalaniana‘ole Highway (Hwy 72).
Continue along Kalaniana‘ole Highway, passing Hanauma Bay and Koko Head Crater.
Halona Blowhole Lookout is located on the right side of the highway, approximately 20-25 minutes from Waik?k?, depending on traffic.
Note: There is a parking lot at the lookout, but it can get crowded during peak hours. Be prepared to wait for a parking spot or consider visiting during off-peak times to avoid congestion.
History, Cultural and Mythological Significance
Halona Blowhole has been a notable feature of Oahu’s southeastern coastline for centuries. It has long been a source of fascination for both native Hawaiians and visitors alike.
In Hawaiian mythology, the blowhole is believed to be the home of a mo’o, a legendary lizard-like creature. The mo’o is said to protect the surrounding area, lending an air of mystery and intrigue to the site.
Breathtaking Views from the Halona Lookout
The Hawaiian word Halona translates to “lookout,” offering visitors an opportunity to witness miles of untouched coastline waters. On clear days, you can even spot the islands of Molokai and Lanai in the distance.
Experience the Power of Nature
The blowhole overlooks some of Hawaii’s most turbulent waters, and during winter months, strong currents and large waves force water into the lava tubes below, creating geysers as high as 30 feet through the blowhole. The bigger the waves, the more impressive the geysers. Visitors can hear and feel the rumbling waters just before eruptions.
Whale Watching Opportunities
During whale season, from late December to early April, you may also catch glimpses of whales breaching or spouting at the surface.
Halona Beach Cove
Just below the scenic outlook lies Halona Beach Cove, one of Oahu’s most iconic beaches. Nicknamed “The Peering Place,” this beach is primarily visited during summer months when the ocean is calm. Be sure to wear protective footwear for the steep, rocky descent if you plan on walking down to the beach.
Famous Film Locations
The blowhole and its surrounding area have served as filming locations for numerous movies and television shows, most notably the 1953 film “From Here to Eternity” and the popular TV series “Hawaii Five-0.”
Exploring Halona Blowhole
Visitors can observe the blowhole from the Halona Blowhole Lookout, which provides a safe and elevated platform for taking in the stunning views.
The best time to witness the blowhole in action is during high tide and when strong waves are present. Typically, this occurs during the winter months (November to February), although it can vary depending on weather conditions.
For your safety, it is essential to stay behind the designated barriers at the lookout and avoid attempting to get closer to the blowhole. The surrounding area can be slippery and dangerous, and rogue waves may pose a risk to those who venture too close.