Ahalanui Beach Park / Maunakea Pond / The Hot Ponds

Phone (808) 961-8311
5 stars from 4 reviews
Address Kapoho Kalapana Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778
Volcanically heated pond for swimming and snorkeling.

Features
• 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

Matt Anderson's Take
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.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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Such a cool (well, hot) thing that's so unique to Hawaii's Big Island. Where else can you relax in a volcanically heated hot tub?
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Kathy B
Joined: Aug 2016
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My ultimate favorite spot on my side of the island, Primo*!
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laura m
Joined: Mar 2016
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This is an amazing park. The swim pond is thermally heated - great for relaxing, swimming, resting sore muscles or for arthritis. It was great for my son who gets too cold in the ocean. The same locals come everyone morning. They share of a lot of history of the area. The park has a few picnic tables and every evening there are local musical groups that liven up the park. From time to time a lifeguard is on duty. Very clean. We spent every morning for our 2 week stay at the park. It makes you want to come back for more. It is right next door to a school - wonder if they give swim lessons in the heated pool.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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There simply isn't enough time when visiting Hilo to visit all the great beach parks. Maunakea Pond is a man-made pool with thermal heating from volcanic springs. Bring your swimsuit and jump in. It's awesome. A lifeguard is on duty during the day.

There is plenty of parking, although the lot can be pretty muddy after a rain. There's an open field, restrooms, and a grove of trees. Another Hilo gem for all to enjoy.
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