Located a few miles around the bend from Hanauma Bay, the Halona Blowhole Lookout is worth a stop if you are in the area. Look for the sign on the ocean side of Kalanianaole Highway and pull into the large parking lot. Off to the right is a small beach made popular in the movie “From Here to Eternity”. Access down to the beach is via a small steep rocky path. This beach is a favorite for the Hawaiian green sea turtle.
So, what exactly is a blowhole ? It is formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that took places thousands of years ago. When the surf is just right, the Halona Blowhole will shoot water up to 30 feet in the air. Of course, this isn’t always occurring. Sometimes all you see is the lovely scenery and no shooting water… Regardless of whether it’s “blowing” or not, do not even consider going anywhere near the blowhole.
Every few months, a story appears in the Honolulu Advertiser about someone either being injured or killed at some Oahu tourist spot. The Halona Blowhole made the news twice last week. Despite the fact that there are warning signs near the blowhole, there are some who decide to venture down for a closer look.
Last week, a teenage boy was injured when he was swept off the ledge near the Halona Blowhole by a large wave. Luckily, his friends tossed him a bodyboard and he was able to make his way to nearby Eternity Beach. He was taken to the hospital and ended up being okay. Several days later however, a man drowned in the same spot.
Tips for visitors:
* On a clear day, you can see the islands of Molokai and Lanai.
* If you come during the winter months, see if you can spot some whales.
* Even though you are planning just a quick stop, be sure to lock your car since this is known as a high-theft area.