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If you are on the Big Island for a volcano vacation, then it is practically a mandatory stop to visit this part of the Puna coast as one of the places on the Big Island to see old lava flows!

You can see the lasting impact of past volcanic activity here.

 

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: big island hawaii lava hike and where to see the best lava fields and where to see old lava flows on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: Where to see the best lava fields and where to see old lava flows on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: Where to see the best lava fields and where to see old lava flows on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: Where to see the best black sand beaches on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: big island hawaii lava hike and where to see the best black sand beaches on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: big island hawaii lava hike and where to see the best lava fields and where to see old lava flows on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: big island hawaii lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. where to see the best black sand beach on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

So…

Why visit Kaimu black sand beach?!

 

1. You can hike on a trail of black sand

New Kaimu black sand beach: Best black sand hiking trails on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

2. You are hiking to the ocean where you can see where old lava meets the ocean

New Kaimu black sand beach: Best coastal hikes to lava fields on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

3. You can witness the power of the ocean!

New Kaimu black sand beach: Best coastal hikes to lava fields on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

4. You can see vast lava fields of old lava flows!

New Kaimu black sand beach: Best hikes to lava fields on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

And well, as the name of this place indicates…

5. You can see a black sand beach!

New Kaimu black sand beach: Best black sand beaches on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

And, the Kaimu black sand beach is a “new” black sand beach at that, also referred to as the New Kaimu black sand beach. It’s said to be created in 1990 from lava flows at that time. Now there’s an even newer one down the road at Pohoiki, that one from lava flows in 2018!

 

 

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And now…

More of what you’ll see what a trip to the Kaimu Beach Park!

aka PHOTOS!

I went here in September 2019 and pictures are from that time.

 

So to get to Kaimu black sand beach, you can have the Kaimu Beach Park as your destination for google maps.

This will eventually take you to a dead end road where you’ll be met with the parking lot for the Kaimu black sand beach trail.

 

How to get to New Kaimu black sand beach. driving near pahoa, kapoho. puna coast. big island hawaii travel blog

How to get to New Kaimu black sand beach. driving near pahoa, kapoho. puna coast. big island hawaii travel blog

How to get to New Kaimu black sand beach. big island hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach parking. big island hawaii travel blog

 

Once here, you’ll see a large expansive area on the coastal side, and you can basically just generally start walking in that direction. You’ll start to see the trail (that starts off as red sand!) and this trail will take you all the way to the coastline! You’ll also start to see more of the lava fields. It will likely take you 10-15 minutes to walk this trail to the ocean.

 

Kaimu beach park. where to see red sand on the big island. hike the red sand trail. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. where to see red sand on the big island. hike the red sand trail. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. where to see red sand on the big island. hike the red sand trail. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. hike black sand trail to new kaimu beach. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. hike black sand trail to new kaimu beach. where to see old lava flows, lava fields in kalapana, puna, on the big island. pahoa. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. hike black sand trail to new kaimu beach. where to see old lava flows, lava fields in kalapana, puna, on the big island. pahoa. hawaii travel blog

Kaimu beach park. hike black sand trail to new kaimu beach. hawaii travel blog

 

And once you’re at the shoreline, you can walk all across the lava fields!

 

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

New Kaimu black sand beach, kalapana lava flows in puna. kaimu lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. hawaii travel blog

 

And then see the waves crashing against the shore… and the black sand beach!

 

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

New kaimu black sand beach: hike to kaimu black sand beach and kalapana lava flows. puna hike. big island hawaii travel blog

 

And then after your hike to see the lava fields and black sand beach…

In normal times, there is a spot where you can grab a bite to eat or drink a smoothie. It’s usually best to have cash for these types of places just in case.

 

Where to eat near Kaimu beach park, kalapana restaurant near pahoa, puna. big island hawaii travel blog

Where to eat near Kaimu beach park, kalapana restaurant near pahoa, puna. big island hawaii travel blog

Where to eat near Kaimu beach park, kalapana restaurant near pahoa, puna. big island hawaii travel blog

Where to get a smoothie near Kaimu beach park, kalapana restaurant near pahoa, puna. big island hawaii travel blog

 

Then you can continue to see more black sand beaches along the Puna coast! And separately, a bit further to the south is the black sand beach that you have a good chance to see turtles!

And for more volcano related activities, be sure to see things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and more places to see old lava flows on the Big Island!

 

And that’s a bit about a visit to the new Kaimu beach!

 

If you’re interested in Kaimu Beach, you may also be interested in these Big Island activities:

 

HAPPY SEEING A BLACK SAND BEACH AND OLD LAVA FLOWS IN KAIMU BEACH PARK!

 

New Kaimu black sand beach in Kalapana, Puna coast, near Pahoa: big island hawaii lava hike. where to see lava fields on the big island. where to see the best black sand beach on the Big Island, in Hawaii. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

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