Holei Sea Arch

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Looking at Holei Sea Arch from west.
Looking at Holei Sea Arch from east.

Hōlei Sea Arch is a 90-foot (27-meter)-high natural arch located in Hawaii, on the southern coast of the Big Island, south of Kīlauea. This rock formation was born from marine erosion, in which the waves of the Pacific Ocean create this natural bridge of lava cliffs. The arch is made of basalt.[1] It takes its name from the Hōlei Pali, the escarpment located up on the slopes of the volcano.

Located in the Ka'ū District of Hawaii County and in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it is at the end of the Chain of Craters Road, cut short by the lava flows emitted by Puu Oo Crater since 1983. It thus constitutes a tourist attraction of the national park.


It is accessible by car via the Chain of Craters Road from Halemaumau, the main Kīlauea caldera.[2]


  1. ^ "Holei Sea Arch - EPOD - a service of USRA". epod.usra.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. ^ "Hōlei Sea Arch - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2018-06-05.

Coordinates: 19°17′40″N 155°05′53″W / 19.29450°N 155.09794°W / 19.29450; -155.09794