Kaimū beach is a very young black sand beach south of Pahoa in the Puna district on the Big Island. Few beaches on the Big Island have such an interesting / sad / HOT / rich history as Kaimu beach. Once one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island, it now is a young black sand beach forming 50 ft above the old beach.
This is not a beach for swimming or snorkeling, but we do consider it almost a must-do for any visitor that is interested in volcanoes.
Our guide to visiting the beach at Kaimū bay contains the following information:
Table of contents
Table of Contents
- Kaimu Beach
- Directions for Kaimu beach
- The short hike to the beach
1: Kaimū (or Kalapana) black sand beach
A new black sand beach is forming now at the same location as where the bay once used to be: (new) Kaimū Beach.
Kaimū beach is not a good place to go to if you are interested in swimming, snorkeling, or tanning. The ocean current and waves are often too strong for safe swimming, and there is no protection from the wind and the sun.
Kaimū beach still is one of the most interesting beaches to visit while on the Big Island. You can read our 5 good reasons for visiting Kaimū beach after the following picture of the new black sand beach.
5 good reasons for visiting Kaimū beach:
- Kaimū beach is one of the best places to experience the continuous cycle of destruction and rebirth that gives the Big Island its almost magical atmosphere. You can see the destruction and creation with your own eyes.
- New Kaimū beach is very young! How often do you get the chance to walk on a beach that is younger than yourself? (this point is obviously only valid for people born before 1990)
- A visit to Kaimū beach lets you see the amazing and destructive power of the Kilauea volcano. The original Kaimū beach shoreline used to be very close to the houses where you can now park your car. Now the bay is filled in completely by lava and you need to walk 300 meters over this new land to get to the beach.
- Kaimū beach fits very easily into every itinerary that takes you into Puna. A visit can be combined with e.g. a visit to the lava flow, a visit to the even newer Pohoiki beach, or into a very scenic road trip between Kapoha and Kalapana.
- If you plan to visit the beach on make sure to have a look at the uncle ‘Awa club or kitchen for a snack. Wednesday evening of Saturday morning you can also visit a lively (night) farmers market here!