Recent large surf takes out chunk of Hawaii Island’s famous Holei Sea Arch

Holei Sea Arch taken Sunday, July 17 (left) and Monday, July 18 (right)
Holei Sea Arch taken Sunday, July 17 (left) and Monday, July 18 (right)(Janice Wei/National Park Service)
Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 1:44 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 21, 2022 at 1:49 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The famous Holei Sea Arch on Hawaii Island is in danger of collapsing, park rangers say.

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park said last weekend’s historic south swell knocked a big chunk off the 90-foot lava rock formation on the coast.

The arch is believed to have formed about 550 years ago. It has been closed for years due to instability, but HVNP said there’s a safe viewing area near the end of Chain of Craters Road.

Park rangers said the arch could collapse into the ocean at any time without warning.

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