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.
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.
POHO’IKI BEACH, HAWAI’I ISLAND
NOT FOR SWIMMING
LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY
PLENTY OF PARKING
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
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