Driving the Papanalahoa Point Shoreline + Maui Blow Hole

Matt and I had a fun accidental adventure today and I just have to share: driving the Papanalahoa Point Shoreline! This area is north of our hotel in Maui – we were driving back to our hotel after picking up our race packets for the 10k (and the half marathon for me as well) and decided to just keep driving north on highway 30 and see what was up there. It turns out it’s gorgeous!

Papanalahoa Point Shoreline drive

It was like a much less traveled and more scenic (in terms of stunning cliff/ocean views, but lacking waterfalls) Road to Hana – highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.

Papanalahoa Point Shoreline driving

At one point we pulled off to a lookout and noticed there was a trail so we decided to start walking. It turns out we ended up stumbling upon the long way to walk to a really cool blow hole attraction! We weren’t really prepared for a hike (no sunscreen or hats, wearing flip flops and normal clothes) but we decided to go with it when we realized the blow hole was nearby – Matt had read about it and said it sounded really cool!

hike to blow hole maui

The hike to the blow hole was gorgeous, though quite rocky – I’d recommend real shoes if you plan ahead more than we did. ;)

maui rocky hike

maui blow hole hike

blow hole hawaii hike

maui blow hole

hiking north maui

About 30 minutes later we found the blow hole. Worth the hike – it was so cool! I posted an Instagram video of it in action if you want to check it out – click on my profile picture when on my page to see it. Here’s a photo progression – amazing how powerful the water was!

maui blow hole

maui blow hole

maui blow hole

Matt got a really cool picture from the side where a rainbow appeared – amazing!

maui blow hole rainbow

After making it back to the car, we continued driving north and the road got narrower and narrower. We were basically driving right by a cliff and things got a little dicey anytime a car needed to come past the other direction, but the views were beyond amazing and we drove through a tiny cute town, too.

maui narrow road

maui cliff drive

driving maui cliffs

kaukini farm honey stand

It’s crazy how much of Maui is still wild/uninhabited!

maui rural drive

papanalahoa point shoreline

Such a fun and unexpected adventure. Never stop exploring and getting off the beaten path, my friends! It’s always worth it. :)

What’s the best off-the-beaten-path travel adventure you’ve ever had? Getting really lost while running in the Italian countryside was one of my all time favorites!


  1. 1

    Every time I go home to my parents I try to visit a less known Italian city and they all blow my mind. This past summer I went to Lampedusa (which is a very small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, know by the international media for the arrival of thousands of migrants by boats right after the Arab spring) The food is different, the language they speak is different, the architectural style is different (at least from my hometown, Verona, probably Sicilian people wouldn’t notice these differences). It’s not like here in the States that no matter where you go, there will always be a CVS and Burger King, in Italy (and Europe in general) every little corner of the country keeps its uniqueness and originality. I miss it so much.

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    I love Hawaii so much! Beautiful snapshots!

  3. 4

    What a neat unplanned adventure! Good luck with the races!

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    The rainbow is spectacular.

  5. 6

    I’m so jealous that you escaped the DC swamp-like weather! That rainbow photograph is gorgeous.

  6. 8

    I’m enjoying my armchair trip around Hawaii – thanks for sharing your adventures Anne. Good luck in your racing, and I can’t wait to see the race recaps!

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    Yes! So many random adventures when in Hawaii.
    We did a random hike that we weren’t even meaning to go on. When at the farthest point of the hike, it started to downpour. We then remembered that the roof our rental convertible was down. 😳

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