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City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay

Big Island, Hawai'i

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  • Swiss-cheese coastline at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • Smaller arches and blowholes in the City of Arches.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • One of the many arches along the coast at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • A boat venturing into the sea caves at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • More blowholes at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • Another beautiful sea arch at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • When conditions are right, you can walk out onto the arches at Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
  • The coastline starts at Pae'e, a fantastic snorkel spot.- City of Arches on Hōnaunau Bay
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sea arches. Coastal views. Snorkeling. Historically significant.
Cons: 
Blowholes can be dangerous at high surf.
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Region:
Big Island, HI
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
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Hike Description

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Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, along with the popular snorkel spot, Pae'a (Two Step), make Hōnaunau Bay a popular destination. However, if you continue north up the coastline, you’ll find yourself away from the crowds and amid what locals call the City of Arches. This 2-mile stretch of coastline is littered with blowholes and sea arches. Blowholes are sea caves in which water is pushed vertically up through the cave, producing a blast of water much like a whale’s blowhole. The arches along this stretch are spectacular, and when the ocean is mellow it’s fun to venture out onto them.

The trail rambles through small shrubs for about 500 yards before dissipating. Thereafter, pick your way along the lava rock coastline without a true trail. About 2 miles in, the coastline becomes less dramatic, and most people turn around when the arches start to peter out. Because the trail is fully exposed, you can expect to get hot, but the trail ends at Pae’a, which is a fantastic snorkel spot year round. You can also enjoy Pu`uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, which offers restrooms and water. If you do decide to visit the national park, this is a great place to leave your car, and you can start your hike from here.

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