About Ahalanui Beach Park (Lost Forever) on Hilo & East Island, Hawaii
Ahalanui County Beach Park was the site of the Maunakea Pond, known locally as the Hot Ponds. This swimming pool was majestic and drew visitors from the far reaches of the Big Island.
The extensive lava flows that began in the middle of Leilani Estates in lower Puna District during May and June of 2018 covered this park, and all the land around it, with thick lava. Everything was lost including the roads, a school, and an historic cemetery next to the park. It’s hard to fathom that such an amazing place could disappear so abruptly, but it is gone forever.
If you want to visit a similar beach in the area, consider going to Isaac Hale Beach Park located at the east end of Kalapana-Kapoho Road (Hwy 137), a thoroughfare that used to continue on to Ahalanui Beach Park. Isaac Hale Park has warm soaking pools (but not of the quality of Ahalanui) plus a new black sand beach and picnic facilities.
- Kalapana - Kapoho Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778
- Park Name
- Ahalanui County Beach Park
- Other Names
- Pualaa, Kalea, Hala Point, Pohakupala
- Free parking
- No activities
- All amenities and facilities were destroyed
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