Welcome to Nakalele Point

At the Kahekili Hwy's 38-mile marker, a mile-long trail leads to a light station at the end of windswept Nakalele Point. Here you’ll find a coastline of arches and other formations carved out of the rocks by the pounding surf. There are several worn paths leading toward the light station, but you can’t really get lost – just walk toward the point. Bring water and wear a hat, as there’s little shade.

The Nakalele Blowhole roars when the surf is up but is a sleeper when the seas are calm. To check on its mood, park at the boulder-lined pull-off 0.6 miles beyond the 38-mile marker. You can glimpse the action, if there is any, a few hundred yards beyond the parking lot. It’s a 15-minute scramble down a jagged moonscape of lava rocks to the blowhole, which can shoot up to 100ft. Keep a safe distance and watch your footing carefully. A tourist fell into the hole and vanished in 2011. Another died after falling from a cliff in the area in 2013. And it probably goes without saying, but don’t sit on, or peer into, the blowhole!

Eight-tenths of a mile after the 40-mile marker look for the Ohai Viewpoint, on the makai (seaward) side of the road. The viewpoint isn't marked but there’s a sign announcing the start of the Ohai Trail, a 1.2-mile loop with interpretative signage and views off the coast. For the best views, bear left from the trailhead and walk to the top of the point for a jaw-dropping coastal panorama that includes a glimpse of the Nakalele Blowhole. If you have kids, be careful – the crumbly cliff edge has a sudden drop of nearly 800ft!

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