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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Halona Blowhole is more possibly a scenic lookout bay rather than a place for swimming and other water activities. Tourists and locals alike come to the blowhole for a scenic view. In the winter season, it is possible to see Humpback Whales swim by as they leave the North Pacific. Honu or Green Sea Turtles, which are endangered species, can be seen from here as well.
On most days, when the tide is high and the waves are strong, the waves hit the rock formations and sprays up like a geyser. Because of the rock formations, strength of waves and height of tide, swimming here poses a threat. Some people dive here but only when the winds are light and there is not so much waves.
EtymologyHalona in the Hawaiian language means “lookout”.
FormationThe Halona Blowhole was formed when the Koko crater’s lava flowed into the ocean to the Halona Point. That was when the volcano was still active, which was thousands of years ago. The lava that melted during the eruptions formed the rock formations of the Halona Blowhole.
Halona CoveThere is a small pit of sand beside the Halona Blowhole. It is called the ‘Halona Cove’. It is only from here that tourists and locals alike can enjoy Halona at all. They, however, still have to wait for calm waves to safely swim the beach, otherwise it could be very dangerous especially when lifeguards are not present here, and the way to the beach is quite risky. One has to go through the cliff to get to the beach.
Things to DoTypically, people would expect or want to swim and surf here. However, because of the rock formations, high tide, and strong currents, the best thing to do in Halona Blowhole, is to observe the beautiful scenery. Just have a picnic or enjoy some short meditation, or observing nature for a while.
WarningsHalona Blowhole is extremely dangerous. The blowhole itself, which sprouts water up like a geyser, can either suck people in or throw people into mid-air only to crash back to the rocks. Many incidents have occurred where people get severely injured while some unfortunately did not get out alive at all. An 18-year-old on family vacation had once been thrown up into the air, gone missing, and then found the next day lifeless. There were four other people who really came close to the blowhole that got sucked in.
The dangers of the blowhole comes from the strong currents in this part of the ocean which is called the Molokai Express, mostly because the currents bring people to Molokai. Also the rock formations can be very fatal when one hits it with the rough waves.
Media DepictionThe Halona Blowhole and beach however was shown in a few films like from the film, From Here to Eternity, 50 First Dates, and in Nicki Minaj’s music video of Starships.
How to Get HereFrom Waikiki, one can drive up to the Halona Blowhole in just a few minutes. It is by the Kalanianole Highway which is north of Hanauma Bay. Remember that Halona Blowhole is worth the stop for its scenic view of the coastline and the smaller islands but it is not meant to be went down to or swam.
Similar AttractionsIt could be quite frustrating to see such a beautiful view and ocean and not being able to test the waters. There are however many other bays, picturesque lookouts, and beaches in Hawaii that are way safer then the Halona Blowhole.
You can go instead to Hanauma Bay, Kahana Bay , Kaneohe Bay, Maunalua Bay, Turtle Bay, or Waimea Bay.
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Author: kimn. Last updated: Mar 19, 2015