A few more of our Hawaiian days....
One afternoon, after spending a few hours playing on the beach, we decided to drive up to check out the Nakalele Blow Hole. Or, blow holes, as we would discover.Blow holes are made when the ocean wears away at the lower part of the coastline (which, in this case, was lava rock) and a hole forms in the top of the rock. The result looks like a geyser, with the waves shooting water up through the hole with each crash into the shore.
While the blowholes (we discovered three) were beautiful, the walk to get to them was pretty amazing too.
It was perhaps just a teensy bit steeper than I would have preferred, seeing as we had to carry the Kiddo, but by following the marked trial we got down safely enough. And once we got past the initial descent, the lava landscape was otherworldly.
Each time a wave would shoot through a blow hole about a half dozen little crabs standing nearby would raise their claws up and look menacing. We couldn't decide if they were under attack or praying to the water-geyser-gods--either way it was hilarious!
On another day, we made a short drive into the Iao Valley. This valley was the site of a huge, bloody battle (in 1790, according to Wikipedia) during the campaign to unify the Hawaiian islands under Kamehameha the Great (don't even ask me how to say it).
As with many battle sites, you wouldn't be able to tell by looking today. The Iao Needle (the rock that sticks up in the middle of the valley, pictured above left) and the stream were the picture of tranquility.