Halona Blowhole and Eternity Beach
By Dan Scroggins
The southeast corner of O’ahu is home to several beautiful scenic lookouts. One of the most popular is the Halona Blowhole. Besides the natural beauty of the rugged coastline and the views of Sandy’s there are several things about this lookout which make it so popular. The first most obvious is the blowhole itself. There is a lavatube in the rocky shoreline and when the surf is right, water will shoot up through this hole, sometimes as high as 20-30 ft.
As you walk towards the blowhole viewing area (left side of the lookout) there is a map on the ground which illustrates the three islands you can see (on a clear day) from O’ahu. The islands are Moloka’i, Maui and Lana’i. Halona cove, often called eternity beach, is off to the right of the lookout. This picturesque cove is frequently used for professional photo shoots as well as being a popular filming location.
Some of the scenes filmed here include 50 First Dates, Pirates of the Caribbean, a Nikki Minaj music video and most famously the famous love scene with Bert Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the movie From Here to Eternity. From the lookout I have spotted numerous turtles down in Halona Cove and if you are here from December-April be sure to scan the horizon for whales. Again, this is a popular lookout, we usually stop here early on our tours to avoid the crowds.