Ahalanui Beach Park / Maunakea Pond / The Hot Ponds

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Phone (808) 961-8311
Address Kapoho Kalapana Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778
Volcanically heated pond for swimming and snorkeling.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: BBQ Grills • Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Picnic Tables
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Snorkeling

Note that The Hot Ponds is officially gone as Pele - The Volcano Goddess claimed this one with Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption Of 2018.

Ahalanui County Beach Park is also commonly called Maunakea Pond or just "The Hot Ponds". There isn't any sandy beach here, but of a low, rocky shoreline. You'll find The Hot Ponds in the Pahoa area on the east side of Hawaii's Big Island.

Instead, the pond here is a spring and ocean water fed pool. Yes, pool. It has a man made wall that turns the pond into a pool. It has an inlet to let ocean water come in and out. It even has steps and handles to help you get in and out. When there is a large swell, it's best to stay clear of the channel where water flows in and out. The currents near it are very strong and you could get sucked out to the ocean.

Even neater than that is the fact that this pool is volcanically heated so expect a nice warm place to swim. This is a great place to swim and has lifeguards, showers, and bathrooms (port-a-potty style). There are also picnic areas, grassy areas, and plenty of shade.

Expect it to be very busy on weekends so visiting during the week is your best bet.