Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lahaina, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
Walked down here back in 2008. The ocean was plenty wild that day and the waves were crashing against the rocks. The blowhole is like others I've seen in Hawaii. Has to be just the right kinda wave to make it really blow. Easy walk and worth going down to check out.
Definitely a must-see. There's not much of a trail; you just kind of have to find your way. A lot of tourists in flip flops... I don't think that's a good idea, but more than half were in them and I didn't see any broken toes.
A rocky, steep out and back that's worth it to see the blowhole. Make sure your car is secure when you park (there was glass from a previous break in when we parked) and wear appropriate shoes. The hike isn't long at all, but stay for awhile to watch the blowhole.
All downhill to get to the blowhole, so the walk back up can be somewhat difficult. Very rocky, so watch where you step! The blowhole is cool and the views of the rocky coastline and Pacific are beautiful!
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 (the default one on this trail's entry), so we searched around and did some circles to find it. Still, AllTrails kept us going the right direction. I have suggested an edit to the default track that is displayed for this trail to indicate the correct/simple path.
Rather than what we did, I recommend heading a half mile up the road to the next parking lot and going from there. You can choose how much of the ridge trail you want to take. (use the track recorded by James Domine)
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.
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.
awesome trail. don't be afraid to wonder around the area. its incredible.
A little steep but worth the view.
Awesome! Very windy, hold on to your hat.
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.