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Nakalele Blowhole in Maui

We stayed as a guest of the resort

When our family recently visited Maui, I had a different flight than my husband and kids, and I arrived on the island a couple of hours earlier. It ended up being a brilliant way of traveling because I was able to rent our car, check into our room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and get some groceries for the week. Then when my husband arrived with the kids, it was a much more relaxing and less stressful arrival for the kids and us.

Once I was done checking into the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, I decided to take the car for a short drive up north to explore. One thing that had been on my bucket list for quite awhile was to visit the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui. I had read mixed reviews on whether or not it was safe for kids, so I decided to check it out for the first time on my own before the kids arrived in Maui.

It was a beautiful drive from the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel to the Nakalele Blowhole. The road was windy, and there was lush greenery surrounding me. I stopped along the way to get a refreshing shave ice from the local family who owns Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice. It was one of the best shave ice I have ever devoured, and I savored it while admiring the beautiful coastline of Maui. It was nice to relax and refresh before our family vacation began.

When I arrived at the Nakalele Blowhole, there were several cars parked on the side of the road. At the beginning of the parking area, there was a warning sign to be cautious and not to leave any valuables in your vehicle. Having had a car broken into while on a hike in Carmel, I am always cautious about leaving any valuables in our car when hiking.

Along the hike down to the blowhole, there were several warning signs. I climbed down giant boulders and along a small narrow path to arrive at the blowhole. It was one of the most magnificent sights I have ever seen, but I was extremely cautious not to get close. It just takes one big wave to hurt (or possibly kill) someone that might be too close.

After spending some time watching the water fly out of the blowhole, I began to hike back up the hill to my car. The blowhole is something that families can enjoy; I just highly recommend seeing it from the bluffs above with children and not bringing them down to see it up close. There are plenty of viewing spots where children can safely admire the beauty from up on the grassy bluffs above.

When bringing your family to Maui, explore the beauty of the Nakalele Blowhole together. The Nakalele Blowhole is located at the north of Kapalua at mile marker 38.5.

Use extreme caution when visiting!!

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