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Isaac Hale Beach Park and Pohoiki to reopen to public on Thursday (Dec 6)

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Ocean entries were small and scattered this morning, but lava had made no significant advance toward Isaac Hale Beach Park. The Pohoiki boat ramp remains intact, but access from it to the open bay has been cut off by a sand bar that extends from the jetty to the shore. As molten lava streams into the ocean, it shatters into small glassy fragments, forming black sand that's transported along the coast by longshore currents. Photo taken Monday, August 13, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Pohoiki area. Photo taken Monday, August 13, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is informing the public that Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki Beach Park, will reopen at 1 p.m., on December 6, following a blessing ceremony. The public is invited to attend the blessing ceremony.

This new park created is dedicated as a safe and peaceful place for our families. Please, kōkua to keep it a nice and safe place for the ‘ohana.

The emergency access roadway to the Pohoiki area, which is located on Highway 137 near MacKenzie State Park, will open at 12 noon on December 6 and will remain open from that date until further notice. The Department of Public Works advises drivers to use caution and be alert while driving on the emergency roadway.

Relevant information about Isaac Hale Beach Park:

  • There will be a 24-hour security presence.
  • New park hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • There will be no camping until further notice.
  • The park will not have an available water source, as lava damaged the county water lines leading to the park. Park visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water for hydration.
  • Portable toilets will be available for public use until water is restored.
  • The lava flow created four Natural Ocean Thermal Ponds. The Department of Health is giving notice that these ponds are not disinfected and, due to the risk of bacterial infections, the public should not enter these ponds if they have open wounds. Enter these ponds at your own risk.
  • There is a dangerous shore break on the new black sand beach and dangerous ocean currents which could cause injury. Enter the ocean at your own risk.

The Department thanks the public for their patience and understanding during the park closure. We have been working diligently to get your park open, and we’re eager for families and visitors to enjoy the ocean and new black sand beach of Isaac Hale Kepo‘okalani Beach Park.

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