New Black Sand Beach Opens December 6th

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Pohoiki Black Sand Beach, 2018. Photo: Mick Malouf.

Hawaii County said Pohoiki Beach Park will reopen on Dec. 6 following a 1 p.m. public blessing ceremony.

The popular park, officially called Isaac Hale Beach Park, had been closed at least six months due to the Kilauea eruption, as lava flows blocked access and created a new black-sand beach around the Pohoiki boat ramp.

A Safe and Peaceful Place

“This new park created is dedicated as a safe and peaceful place for our families,” said the county Department of Parks and Recreation in a news release. “Please kokua to keep it a nice and safe place for the ohana.”

At noon, an access road to the Pohoiki area located on Highway 137 near Mac­Kenzie State Park will open. Drivers should use caution on the emergency access road, which will remain open until further notice.

While the lava flow created four natural ocean thermal ponds, the state Health Department warns they carry a risk of bacterial infections for those with open wounds. The new black-sand beach also has a dangerous shore break and strong ocean currents.

In September, state officials examining the popular Pohoiki boat ramp said it showed no damage and possibly could be used again, but offered no set date for its reopening.

Park Amenities and Hours

Lava damaged county water lines to the park, so no water source is available, but portable toilets will be available. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinking water. No camping is allowed until further notice.

County officials said the new park hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and that there will be security present 24 hours.

This article was originally published as Pohoiki Beach Park to reopen to public Dec. 6 by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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