Nakalele Point

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Closeup of Nakalele Blowhole
Warning sign at Nakalele Point
Warning sign at Nakalele Point

Nakalele Point is a land mass on the eastern edge of the northern tip of the island of Maui in the state of Hawaiʻi. In Hawaiian, Nakalele or Nā-kālele means "the leaning". The Point is known for its blowhole and has become notable for its dangerous conditions when waves crash in. The point and blowhole are located just east of Poelua Bay.[1]


Nakalele Point is famous for a blowhole which produces powerful geyser-like water spouts with the waves and tides. Water spewed from the blowhole can rise as high as 100 feet in the air. Visitors to the site should never stand between the blowhole and the ocean, and visitors should never turn their backs on the ocean as rogue waves could cause injury at anytime. Only one person is confirmed to have been sucked into the blowhole and died.


A lighthouse was erected around 1908 at Nakalele Point. It originally consisted of a 40 foot high wooden mast on top of which a temporary light was placed. By 1910, an actual dwelling was built with boxlike platform on its roof for a fixed white light. In 1922, the light was automated so that it would flash. The lighthouse is currently owned by the United States Coast Guard.[2]


The point has seen several deaths, mostly tourists or people unfamiliar with the area. Most deaths or injury are from falls off the cliffs at the point. Only one person is known to have been sucked into the blowhole and died < > The 250 foot hike down to the blowhole starts easy on grassland then becomes increasingly tricky as visitors need to navigate around sharp, volcanic rock. And don't forget that you have to hike back up! Some areas can be slippery. Sneakers or hiking shoes are a must. On a hot day, a bottle of water is helpful. Using a backpack is best. Sunscreen also is recommended as the hike will take you an hour or more including the round-trip hike and exploring the area.


  1. ^ Place Names of Hawaiʻi (Pukui/Elbert Place Names). University of Hawaiʻi Press. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Dean, Love. "Lighthouse Friend Minor light of Maui - Nakalele, HI". Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 21°1′44″N 156°35′20″W / 21.02889°N 156.58889°W / 21.02889; -156.58889