Finding Clarity at Nakalele in Maui, Hawaii
Cut through the arduous hairpin turns of northwest Maui and park somewhere after mile marker 38. Hike down the fussy, ankle-breaking path to the damp, craggy surface where Nakalele Blowhole resides. Two feet wide, it slouches, moss-lined and unimpressive. From a safe spot, watch soft salty drops whisper and float from it, conjuring a brief color spectrum before Nakalele unleashes a thundering, skyward-bound explosion of water. Recover from the initial shock and each eruption becomes a primal mantra, chanting for you, dissipating layers of misdirection, stress, and anxieties. You sense the ocean's unseen rhythm, its blue-green hues shifting and its eddies swirling and twisting below. Stray currents converge, slip into a crevice and accelerate. Pushed through darkness, these currents launch above the surface as Nakalele, soaring and beaming through the air before returning to the earth. Sparks refire in your long dormant synapses, and your eyes unexpectedly focus: Everything has become clear again.