ETA: As of today, October 15, 2019 (and even a bit earlier), you are able to visit Pohoiki again. However, you are not able to drive there. You must make a long hike over the recent lava flow, which is not an easy hike. I do not have the specifics of the hike or any new images I can post of the area as we are no longer in Hawaii. We hope to get back there again in a few years to enjoy the rest of our lives in Paradise.
From my understanding, there is a new black sand beach located at the boat dock, which is no longer in use. They are planning on either adding a new dock or digging out the current one. I’ve seen some great pictures of the area and the new swimming and surfing area. There is also talk about digging out the road down there again, however, I do not have the specifics on this.
ETA: Unfortunately, due to the lava flow that started on May 3, 2018, you are unable to reach this beautiful place. All major roads leading to Pohoiki have been covered by lava, making it inaccessible. Hopefully, the lava flow will not affect Pohoiki its self, and it’ll be spared from destruction.
What would the Big Island of Hawaii be without a beach park that has a boat launch, surfing, snorkeling, and so much more? Although there are a few places like this on the Big Island, there is one that stands out above the rest. That would be Pohoiki or Isaac Hale Beach Park.
Visiting Pohoiki for Lots of Fun
Isaac Hale Beach Park, AKA Pohoiki, is an oceanfront park, boat launch, and surf location along Pohoiki Bay in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Pohoiki is one of only a few places on the southeast shores of Hawaii that allows for such fun. There was some renovation done in 2006 that included some expansion and modernization. But don’t let the beauty of the ocean fool you. It is known for some strong currents. There is said to be some excellent snorkeling, but due to the currents, it is not ideal.
A little history lesson for you!
The park is named in honor of Private Isaac K. Hale. During the Korean War, Hale served in the United States Army’s 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed in action north of the 38th parallel on July 12, 1951.
The things to do here are endless, and you can spend the entire day at the park. Bring a cooler of food and have a picnic or even a BBQ! Although there is a lifeguard on duty, limited time, be sure to be careful while out in the water. There is also a new playground area for the little ones to play at so they can have a lot of fun too.