Blowholes and Battlefields

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.Nakalele Point, blowhole, ocean, lava, maui, hawaii, hikeBlow 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.
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Nakalele Point, blowhole, ocean, lava, maui, hawaii, hikeEach 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!

And in the places we could let the Kiddo down--where it wasn't too sharp for his tootsies--the textures and shapes of the rock were a toddler's sensory exploration paradise.
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On the way home we found more chickens.  (I made Sweet Husband stop the car so I could take a picture of these...cause I'm a crazy chicken lady like that.)Nakalele Point, blowhole, ocean, lava, maui, hawaii, hike, iao valley, iao needle

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).

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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.

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We walked around the short trail, and then--because it was just a nice spot--we took the opportunity to let the Kid run amok a bit in the surrounding gardens.
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iao needle, iao valley, iao stream, hawaii, maui, hike