POHO’IKI, HAWAI’I - THE WORLD’S NEWEST BEACH (POE-HOE-EE-KEY)

POHO’IKI, HAWAI’I - THE WORLD’S NEWEST BEACH (POE-HOE-EE-KEY)

HOW TO GET THERE - WHAT TO KNOW

WRITTEN & COPYWRITE: EJ SANDERS JULY 2019

2018 Lower Puna Eruption which took Kapoho tideponds read more here


 

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None other than breathtaking, is how I feel about the drive from Pahoa Town to our planet’s newest beach.  It winds along a steep, quintessential descent to coast along the ocean, under canopies of jungle, smelling typical, tropical, east side Hawai’i.  Reminded me immediately of where I grew up, along the East Maui coastline, the ripest, wettest jungle, full of rotting mangoes in summer season. 

THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL & DRIVE SLOWLY WITHOUT HOGGING THE ROAD PLEASE.



A total of 5,914 acres were reported by Hawaii Civil Defense to have been covered by lava, with 533 homes confirmed destroyed.[69] On June 22, the number of houses covered by lava was revised upwards by Hawaii County Civil Defense to 614.[70] By July 1, that total had grown to 671 residences destroyed.[71] The official toll of houses reached 700 on July 9, leaving 3 houses left standing in Kapoho.[14] On July 13, geologists reported a tiny new island had appeared immediately offshore from the lava flow. The island was only 20 to 30 ft (6.1 to 9.1 m) across and may have formed as a submarine tumulus pushed up the outermost crust of the earth above sea level.[72] It was connected to the mainland by an isthmus on July 16.[73][74]
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_lower_Puna_eruption

So, this new route HWY 137, because what happened to the old route?  The one that passes Lava Tree State Park?  Forty feet of hardened, stark black, laced with red cinder colored streaks, lava is now where we all used to drive down to the old, famous Kapoho Tide Ponds.  It is important to remember that the Kapoho Tide Ponds were formed mid 20th century therefor realize how quickly it was transformed into a lot of high end homes boasting private swimming ponds full of natural life; life will return to this new beach.  This last lava flow, 2018 created 5,900 acres of new land, forty feet thick, consuming 700 homes and all the civil engineering, right?  When did you think about what you ever imagined would happen to all that man made opala(trash)burning and melting when you built, hauled the materials so close to Kilauea fissures?  What are the consequences of building on magma?



This beach boasts shiny, new shards of black sand sparkling with millions of tiny, green, olivine crystals, blinding you with it’s raw energy.  It’s also the geologists and ecologist dream, Poho’iki is reborn as the newest polluted beach on the planet therefor, plenty to keep the University of Hawai’i students busy. Honestly, it’s a bittersweet reality. Pele couldn’t obliterate it entirely after all, micro plastics are here to stay. Make sure you explain that to your kids. Check it out here.



“Microplastics tend to accumulate more in sand than in the water column,” Vanderzyl said. Therefore, when the lava from the Kilauea eruption dredged up sand from the ocean floor as the Pohoiki beach formed, it also dredged up thousands of minuscule pieces of plastic waste.
— https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2019/05/30/hawaii-news/microplastics-found-even-at-new-pohoiki-beach/

POHO’IKI BEACH, HAWAI’I ISLAND

NOT FOR SWIMMING

LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY

PLENTY OF PARKING

INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

NO SNORKELING

LOTS OF SPACE TO LAY OUT, GET SOME SUN

TAKE YOUR OWN WATER IN TO RINSE WITH

TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD

NO FUEL STATIONS(CLOSEST IS PAHOA TOWN THEN KEA’AU OR HILO)

YES TO PORTA POTTIES 

NO SURFING



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On the road to Pahoa town HWY 130, pass Pahoa town and head straight towards Kalapana. 

Take a left on Kamaili Street, GOOGLE MAPS picked it up just fine on my Iphone6, using Verizon.  No more than fifteen minutes past Pahoa elementary school.

Give yourself forty five minutes tops to reach Poho’iki Beach, Hawai’i Island from the beginning of Kamaili Street.



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KAPOHO TIDAL PONDS CIRCA 2015 CHRISTMAS

 
Click the photo to read more on the quote shown below Let’s conquer Waipi’o. Celebrate your journey.

Click the photo to read more on the quote shown below Let’s conquer Waipi’o. Celebrate your journey.

Once you’re on the bottom road headed to the beach, look along the cliff edge for rotting vehicles that have gone over before you came here. That’s what you don’t want to end up doing to yourselves or anyone else by not following the written rules at the top of the valley. Read your vehicles manual and the signs at the top of the hill.
— https://www.hawaiisimplynaturalrestaurant.com/blog/waipiovalleyvisitorsneedtoknow



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