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About Waiopae Kapoho Tide Pools (Lost Forever) on Hilo & East Island, Hawaii

The Wai’opae Tidepools in the Puna District of the Big Island were considered some of the best tidepools on the island. Unfortunately these pools were filled in when the Lower Puna Lava Flow in 2018 covered the entire area around Kapoho Bay, Waiopae, and the housing community of Vacationland. Every home and road near the shore around the point and the bay was lost. The new land created by the lava flow extends about a half mile from the old shoreline where you could get into the tidepools. What a dramatic change and such a sudden loss.

These tidepools were protected by Wai’opae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD). Their protection is no longer needed.

The nearest beaches are at Isaac Hale Beach Park and Cape Kumukahi which both have newly-formed black sand beaches, but they don’t have tidepools.

14-4964 Waiopae Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778
Park Name
Waiopae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD)
Other Names
Wai'opae Ponds, Vacationland Tidepools, Kapoho Point, Kahonua
Free parking
No activities
All amenities and facilities destroyed
Nanawale Estates,US
7:14 am, June 18, 2024
temperature icon 71°F
L: 71° H: 78°
Feels like 71.8 °F light rain
Wind gusts: 1 m/s
UV Index: 0.48
Precipitation: 0.02 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:41 am
Sunset: 6:59 pm
Humidity 95 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 1 m/s

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