On Hawaii Island(The Big Island) this beautiful beach is a favorite spot for locals to boogie board and fish but is also a spot frequented often by green sea turtles. A great photo opportunity for visitors especially if you are lucky enough to can catch the pod of spinner dolphins that sometimes play off shore amazing everyone with their acrobatic show.
Clients are always asking me where they can go to see a black sand beach and honu( Hawaii green sea turtles) Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Park is always one of the first places that I suggest they visit.
According to local legend, ancient Hawaiians dove underwater with a jug to obtain freshwater during times or drought, as oddly enough this beach has a large amount of cold freshwater flowing from underground. If you take the time to wander near the boat ramp at the north end of the beach you will see the ruins of a heiau(shrine) and a flat sacrificial stone. Inland you will also see a memorial for Henry ‘Opukaha’ia at his birthplace, he entered the Foreign Mission School at age 17 with the vision of bringing Christianity to Hawai’i, but sadly he died of typhoid fever in 1818, but his dream would be fullfilled in 1820 with the arrival of the first Protestant missionaries.
Also you will find:
**Just past the parking area with a protected area surrounded by a rock wall you will find ancient petroglyphs(ancient carvings)
**Nearby is Ninole Cove, a small beach with a grassy area and lagoon good for swimming
** Restrooms, picnic tables and camping (by permit) are also available
Please be advised however:
Although easily accessible there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimming can be dangerous due to strong rip currents and a very rocky bottom.
Always check ocean conditions before entering the ocean-
** When in doubt, don’t go out! Great advise from the locals.
Located on Hwy 11, 27 miles south of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
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