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Hidden Surf Oasis On The Big Island

Posted By Jasmine Kessell On October 13, 2008 @ 1:30 am In Surfing | No Comments

Hawaii is known world round for it’s modest weather, aloha spirit [1] and epic surf. Many surfers think of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui as a great place to visit and catch some sets. There’s no doubt that each of these islands hold their own when it comes to surfing, but there is another fun and welcoming place to paddle out on the Big Island’s east-side.

Isaac Hale Beach Park [2] is known to locals as Pohoiki and is located at the edge of Pohoiki Bay, in the Puna district of the Big Island. A place once notorious for a rough crowd and unfriendly surf scene, has blossomed into a great family beach park built for the people.

You won’t find a white sand beach along this volcanic reef edging the bay, but you will find 9 breaks to choose from. The waves continue year-round, and though sometimes small, You can drop-in almost every day of the year. When the swell hits look out! Experts only at this point. You’ll find a spot to surf no matter what your skill level is. Beginners go to First Bay and hard-core surfers love Bowls on a good day.

The boat ramp is full of laughing children and families who are occasionally removed for a boat coming or going. There is a mini pool to the side of the boat dock that has a rock wall barrier, ideal for the babies. There is also a small hot pond nestled in the trees.

You’ll find most the amenities you need in the newly built park. There are new restrooms, several showers, and a nice camping lawn. Permit [3] is required to camp. The street, once lined with tarp houses and beer cans, is now a smooth sidewalk traveled by loads of skate boarders. The weekends bring food and ice cream vendors. This is “The” spot to kickback, catch some waves or BBQ some grinds.

There are a few things to remember when visiting Pohoiki. As with any place in Hawaii, please respect the people and the land. Drive slow, there are a lot of children skating in the road. Throw your rubbish and recycling in the bins, and most of all, play hard and enjoy your stay!

Surf Shots Pohoiki [4]

Links:
Pohoiki Surf Forecast
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml [5]
Isaac Hale (Pohoiki), Beach Park, Puna
http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm [6]


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[1] aloha spirit: http://www.808talk.com/the-aloha-spirit/

[2] Isaac Hale Beach Park: http://phpurl.com/mq

[3] Permit: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/camping/fees.cfm

[4] Surf Shots Pohoiki: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/465469242MMdIqV

[5] http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml: http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Pohoiki.shtml

[6] http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm: http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/isaachale.htm

[7] The Ultimate Guide to Packing & Shipping Surfboards: http://www.808talk.com/2010/07/20/the-ultimate-guide-to-packing-shipping-surfboards/

[8] WIN A Custom Built Home In Beautiful Hawaii: http://www.808talk.com/2009/06/11/win-a-custom-built-home-in-beautiful-hawaii/

[9] Blue Hawaii Big Wave Surfing: http://www.808talk.com/2008/04/25/blue-hawaii-big-wave-surfing/

[10] Video: 2009 Eddie Aikau Highlights: http://www.808talk.com/2009/12/20/video-2009-eddie-aikau-highlights/

[11] Some Crazy Love For An Aloha Friday: http://www.808talk.com/2008/06/06/some-crazy-love-for-an-aloha-friday/

[12] 808TTV E.85 – All Around Hawaii: http://www.808talk.com/2008/09/14/808ttv-e85-all-around-hawaii/

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