About Champagne Ponds at Kapoho Bay (Lost Forever) on Hilo & East Island, Hawaii
The Champagne Ponds were located in Kapoho Bay near the easternmost part of the Big Island. They were known for clear warm water that was a mix of freshwater and saltwater and were excellent for swimming and snorkeling. This blissful spot was covered in lava during the Lower Puna Lava Flow of 2018. Everything in the path of this flow was destroyed in a short amount of time. This includes the bay, which was filled with lava, and all the homes, roads, and natural features.
Kapoho was the site of a similarly shocking lava flow in 1960 when the area north of the bay at Cape Kumukahi was covered and the town of Kapoho was lost. Here’s more info on the Kapoho Lava Flow.
A new black sand beach formed at Cape Kumukahi after the 2018 flow, but since the roads in the area were lost, you have to hike to it from the end of Government Beach Road – about a two mile hike each way.
- HI-132 & HI-137
Pahoa, HI 96778
- Other Names
- Kapoho Point, Pools,
- Free parking
- No activities
- All amenities destroyed
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