Nakalele Blowhole Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lahaina, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.8 miles 251 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

There are two trailheads off Highway 30. One goes to the lighthouse and over a ridge down to the coast. The other trail is about 1/2 mile further up the road, just past MP 38.

hiking
8 days ago

Cool location and natural feature. Be careful on the way down and, as EVERYONE who has done it says, wear proper shoes. Flip flops are a bad idea. Why? The lava rocks are like razors. If you slip, it isn't just your feet that will take the hit. You're going to slice something else, no lie.

There will likely be mud (slippery) ... and you will very likely get wet, especially if there is ANY wind. That water spray has to come down somewhere.

The path down from the 'blowhole' parking area is pretty easy to follow, I'm told. We went to the "lighthouse" parking about half mile closer towards Lahaina and it was a bit treacherous AND unmarked: lots of game trails and dead ends through the grass and trees, then along the ridge above the ocean. No doubt a much more scenic route, but not something I'd recommend with small kids or if you're not comfortable with route finding. Note that there is NO CELL RECEPTION on most of the trail, so you're on your own a lot.

I sent my family back up the short trail and climbed/ran through the trees to get back to the car. The blowhole was not at the end of the AllTrails track we were following, so we searched around and did some circles to find it. Still, AllTrails kept us going the right direction.

I'd recommend heading a half mile up the road to the next parking lot and going down from there. You can choose how much of the ridge trail you want to take... (use the track recorded by James Domine)

hiking
1 month ago

Was a pretty simple hike. Trail wasn't marked but all paths head to the blowhole. Walk along the water to the lighthouse and then just keep going until you hit the water again. There are tide pools just below the lighthouse that look pretty cool.

1 month ago

This place is pretty awesome. The only thing is that there really isn't too many signs on where to go. Your 0.8 mile hike may turn slightly longer. If you just go up the road .5 miles past where the navigation takes you. You will probably see a fruit stand. Park there and walk down. Wear tennis shoes not flip flops.

2 months ago

awesome trail. don't be afraid to wonder around the area. its incredible.

2 months ago

Great hike

3 months ago

A little steep but worth the view.

3 months ago

Awesome! Very windy, hold on to your hat.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely worth the little bit of effort. Hike down is over rough lava terrain for the most part. Proper footwear recommended. Flip flops could get you hurt.

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hiking
6 months ago

The blowhole itself was awesome! The hike isn't difficult at all. Hung out for like a half an hour and just enjoined the scenery

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hiking
8 months ago

The lighthouse hike is easy and family friendly. If you want to avoid the families follow the "deer trail" down into the grove of trees. Go beyond the lighthouse and down onto the rocks to see isolated blowholes and great vistas. **Warning** Make sure ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can be seen inside your car. Someone broke out our back window in order to take a bag with a soda and trail mix in it. The cops were not surprised.

hiking
8 months ago

Great place to visit if you're on your honeymoon. Beautiful views and a cool heart rock that has views of the mountains and ocean. The trail is a little slick and steeper than my wife was prepared for, so I'd make sure you bring shoes (we did it in flip flops)! The drive is also scenic and makes this well worth the trip.

11 months ago

What an amazing part of nature! I parked at the 38 mile marker and hiked down on the "jeep" trail. Extremely slippery and then becomes rocky with lava rocks so wear good shoes and be prepared to get a little dirty. Walking down to the ocean we came to a smaller blow hole that was at an angle. Very neat, but that wasn't it! Keep going to the right and you cannot miss it (unless it's not blowing I guess). Be careful but enjoy!

hiking
1 year ago

Nakalele blowhole
9/22/15
Moderate difficulty
Out-and-back
Very popular

Easy to find off the Kahekili Highway. coconut stand in parking area. Trail somewhat overgrown when first leaving the parking lot but soon opens up into a clearing. I missed the warning sign on the way to the blowhole that read "stay back from blowhole it will suck you in and kill you" so please take note! The trail down to Nakalele is predominately rocky (sharp lava rocks and rocks that have acid erosion) but is also sandy and therefore very easy to slide even if you're wearing shoes with good traction. Sliding is inevitable so remember to be aware of what your grab to brace yourself as the rocks in this area are extremely sharp. I dropped my cell phone only a foot down onto one of these rocks and the screen was punctured (bummer). There is not one clear trail down to Nakalele, so take your time and be observant of where you are in orientation to the blowhole as it is very easy to concentrate solely on not sliding and end up in the wrong area.
Once at near the Nakalele, there is Mushroom Rock on the right and a few shallow caves to explore. I made the hike down in early afternoon but the blowhole is most active at high tide. It was still spectacular. Lots of crabs on the rocks by the blowhole (they are shot out of the blowhole!). The rocks become increasingly slippery the closer you are to the blowhole. Be patient and wait for the big bursts to happen because they are beautiful. There is a lava rock ledge to the left of the blowhole that allows for a great view of Nakalele and the coast line.
The way back up to the trail head is up is even more ambiguous than the way down. My suggestion is to keep as far left as possible on the way up to ensure you end up near the parking lot you started from.

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome geological features. Like scenery from another planet. Blowhole wasn't blowing at the time. Tricky hike. Very sharp and rough rock trail. Be careful. Stay away from the blowhole.

1 year ago