Next time you're on Oahu's North Shore, take a few minutes to check out "the
hole in the rock," as locals refer to it. This "hidden" sea arch (there are
no signs pointing the way) was created on April 1, 1946, when a tsunami
blasted a hole in the middle of this sandstone island that sits right off
La'ie Point and left behind this grand, natural sight. From the point, you
have a stunning view of other nearby islands and Oahu's windward coastline.
Crashing waves add to the drama and beauty of this exposed point, but take
care walking along the slippery rocks.
La'ie Point is located just past the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie
(which, itself, is well worth a visit -- allow yourself a couple of hours to
see this center; it offers re-created villages and cultural demonstrations
from the islands of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas
and Tonga). To find the point, head west along Route 83, take a right at the
stoplight in Anemoku, take another right onto Maupaka and follow the road to
Posted by Kari Bodnarchuk, Globe Correspondent