Lava tubes are found at various Hawaii locations. But there is only one on the island of Oahu. The lava tube, look out and cove at Halona are one of the most attractive and interesting beauty spots on the island. www.travelrows.com
What is a Lava Tube?
A lava tube is basically an underground channel or tunnel that has been carved through rock by flowing lava. These natural conduits are formed by lava from volcanic activity moving beneath the hardened surface of the flow. Once the lava has cooled and the flow has ceased, these long caves are what is left behind.
Halona Lava Tube and Blowhole
The only lava tube on the island of Oahu is that found at Halona. Here, the lava tube extends out into the ocean and has created an amazing blowhole. This blowhole can erupt, sending a geyser of water thirty feet into the air! A humming sound issuing from deep in the rocks below heralds an eruption.
Halona Beach Cove, Blowhole, Lookout and Lava Tube location on the map and reviews:
Those planning a visit here should be sure to heed the safety warning signs. Only one person is known to have survived a trip through this blowhole – a 19 year old soldier who foolishly sat on the edge of the blowhole and was sucked in. He descended for around 8 ft and reached a car-sized cavern churning like the inside of a washing machine. A wave sucked him out through a section of lava tube into the ocean, ripping his shorts and taking the ring from his hand. Fortunately, he was extremely lucky, and was rescued.
Above this blowhole there is a scenic lookout. Gaze out over the ocean from here, and the blowhole is not the only thing to see. On a clear day you can see all the way to the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. You can also look down on one of the most charming and romantic beach coves on the whole island.
Close to the blowhole, tucked into the craggy, lava rock coastline, Halona cove is a small, sandy beach. When the sea is calm, this can be a lovely place for a swim. If you are lucky, you might see sea turtles searching for something to eat or resting on the sand. You might also see hermit crabs scuttling about in the clear waters, clams, eels, and a variety of fish. A reef in the cove is covered with a type of leather coral – Sinularia. Be careful though – the waters in the channel outside the cove can be treacherous. Only 28 people have swum across the Ka’iwi Channel between Oahu and Molokai successfully as there are strong and unpredictable currents.
The famous scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster’s kiss in the surf in ‘From Here to Eternity’ was shot here. Filming also took place here for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides’.
For natural beauty and interest, this pleasing Oahu spot is hard to beat. Be sure to pay this place a visit during your time on the island.