The eruption ofHawaii’s Kilauea volcano last May caused devastation across the Big Island, but it did have some pretty cool side effects on the geography. Not only did the eruption create miles of land, but it also formed a new black-sand beach on the east side of the island at Pohoiki, also known as Isaac Hale Beach Park.
Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, told Lonely Planet, “The new black-sand beach at Isaac Hale Beach Park is a silver lining from the Kilauea eruption last year. We anticipate our community and visitors will embrace this special place and make new memories with loved ones. The new beach will also serve as a reminder to the island of Hawaii’s unique ability to be ever-changing.”
Also created by the lava flow at Isaac Hale Beach Park were four natural ocean thermal ponds, though those ponds aren’t safe for swimming, as they have not yet been disinfected. Visitors are also cautioned against swimming on the beach, due to strong currents and a dangerous shore break.