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The beauty and danger of blowholes (Hawaii)

by Linsey Lanier

As most of my readers know, lately I’ve been working hard on the fourth book in the Miranda’s Rights Mystery series, Fire Dancer. One of the side benefits of being a novelist is that I get to research all kinds of exotic, faraway places and this time I got to learn about Hawaii, specifically Maui.

And one of the most fascinating things I discovered about the islands is blowholes.

A blowhole is formed by the ocean eroding the lava shelf along the coastline until a hole is formed. The water creates a vertical shaft beneath the hole that leads to a sea cave. When the waves come in, the pressure in the shaft forces water up through the hole, like a geyser. It’s beautiful to watch, but blowholes can be dangerous.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I’m posting two youtube videos of the Nakalele blowhole, one of several that I roughly based the blowhole in Fire Dancer on. There’s another video with a bigger blowhole in Oahu, but that shows people playing in the blowhole, which is just plain CRAZY!

Fire Dancer is, of course, fiction. But in real life people have actually drowned in blowholes and been swept out to sea, their bodies never to be found. It’s not a good idea to ignore the warning signs!


Here’s the second one:


And here’s a bit about my next release, Fire Dancer. It’ll be out on Amazon in a few days and other channels in a few weeks.

Fire Dancer: Book IV (A Miranda’s Rights Mystery)

What makes you think you deserve to be so happy? 

A honeymoon in Maui in a luxury beachfront resort with your wealthy new husband. Sounds like paradise, right? But this is Miranda Steele we’re talking about here. And where Miranda goes, trouble follows.

That lovely honeymoon gets hijacked when Miranda finds the body of a popular fire dancer on the beach. Of course, she has to investigate. What choice does she have? But things get more complicated when she discovers Parker has been keeping some pretty serious secrets from her.

Could those secrets lead to finding Miranda’s daughter at last? Or will this Hawaiian honeymoon adventure end in Miranda’s ultimate destruction?

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Shannon - March 18, 2013 - 12:29 am

This sounds like such a great book. I love a good mystery and I love Hawaii. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Mary Preston - March 18, 2013 - 3:56 am

Okay, this research sounds like way too much fun to me.

Marilyn Baron - March 18, 2013 - 5:21 am

I’ve been to Hawaii twice and I’ve never heard of or seen any blowholes (or if I have, I didn’t realize what I was looking at) so I learned something. Thank you. I loved the videos. Nature is so powerful. Your book sounds great. I love the cover and the blurb. Congratulations and best of luck with this new book. Loved this post!

Linsey Lanier - March 18, 2013 - 7:49 am

Thank you so much, Shannon. Fire Dancer is in the final edits and will be released soon. Check my website for links. I’ll announce it on my newsletter, blog and Twitter when it’s out. I can’t wait. :)

Linsey Lanier - March 18, 2013 - 7:50 am

Hi Mary! Oh yes, it was way too much fun. I may put up some luau videos next. :)

Linsey Lanier - March 18, 2013 - 7:54 am

Thanks so much, Marilyn! One thing I learned is that Hawaii is made up of a lot of different islands. So you could visit Hawaii several times and not see everything. :)

I had to pick not only one island but one specific place on the island for my setting. I chose West Maui because it has a cluster of expensive resorts, which is just where Parker (my wealthy ace private eye) would take Miranda. :)

Pam Asberry - March 18, 2013 - 8:35 am

Thanks for the info, Linsey! Your upcoming release sounds like a real winner! :-)

Connie Gillam - March 18, 2013 - 12:28 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii, and the blowholes sound fascinating, even if dangerous.

Can’t wait for your next book, Lindsey.

Maxine - March 18, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Congratulations on the book, Lindsey. Can’t wait to read it. It sounds like it is a good story and a beautiful setting. Can’t beat that. Good luck.

Carol Burnside - March 18, 2013 - 4:00 pm

When I lived in Hawaii, I loved watching the blowholes. Every incoming wave resulted in a slightly different ‘spew’ from the hole in the lava rocks. There’s another on Kauai that was pretty spectacular too. Watching them from a safe distance, of course. :)

Looking forward to Fire Dancer.

Sandra Elzie - March 18, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Love the location you chose for their honeymoon. Love, love, love Hawaii. It’s a lot cheaper to fly there from Calif. than from Georgia, so no wonder our West coast friends go much more often.

Your book sounds fabulous, can’t wait to read it. Good luck!

Susan Carlisle - March 18, 2013 - 6:32 pm

I just returned from Hawaii but didn’t get to Maui to see the blowholes. I guess that would give me a good reason to return. Your new book sounds wonderful. Love forward to reading it.

Linsey Lanier - March 18, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments! I can’t wait to share this book with all of you. :)

Hildie McQueen - March 19, 2013 - 8:25 pm

ooh this book sounds like an awesome read. I went to Maui twice, and never saw a blowhole. I wasn’t really looking so maybe I missed them! :doh:

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