The volcanic eruptions from Kilauea on Hawaii Island caused significant damage to communities in the path of the lava flows, but the devastating natural disaster also left behind a brand new black sand beach.
In the summer of 2018, lava swept through the Puna area in the southeast side of the island. When it met the ocean at Isaac Hale Beach Park it started creating new land formations as it cooled. After safety inspections and repairs were done, the park officially reopened with a ceremony in early December.
The park also has a boat ramp and is a main ocean access point for the southeast part of the island.
Now, visitors are welcome to explore the newborn black sand beach and the rest of the park. Some areas around the park are still restricted. To access the beach and park, take Highway 130 to Kalapana and then take Highway 137 north to reach Isaac Hale Beach Park. Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road remain closed to all traffic.
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