When I posted the above photo on my personal Facebook account I had so many friends and family ask me, “Is that for real?” or “Is this photoshopped?” And to those that asked about the photoshopping, thank you for believing that my skills are THAT good. 😉 I can see why people would think the latter as heart-shaped cutouts aren’t the “norm” in lava rock, however this rock near the Nakalele Blowhole is indeed real.
So, are you up for a hike to the Nakalele Blowhole and Sweetheart Rock? (the original sweetheart rock is off Lanai, so I’m calling this the “other” sweetheart rock).
You’ll need directions:
- From Lahaina/Ka’anapali/Kahana head North on Highway 30. (Side note: Highway 30 will eventually turn into 340).
- The Nakalele Blowhole is between mile marker 38 and 39 (about a 30-40 minute drive from Kahana).
- At mile marker 38.5, turn left and park in the dirt parking area. There will be other cars parked on that side of the road so you know you’ve reached the right spot.
What you’ll need:
- There is no shade on this trail so bring a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. You may want to consider hiking in the morning when temperatures are lower.
- Bring a LOT of water
- Hit the restrooms before you come. There is a port-a-potty on site, however the vendor asks for a $2 “donation” for use. Can you actually call that a donation?
- Your camera–duh! 😉
The hardest part about this hike is that you hike uphill on your way back, and did I mention that there is no shade? It can get HOT, so take your time and enjoy the views.
PS. I hiked in flip-flops but it’s not recommended…when will I ever learn??