Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Punalu’u Beach

Punaluʻu Beach is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaii.
This beach has beautiful black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools.

Endangered Native Turtle’s

Punaluʻu is frequented by endangered hawksbill and green turtles, which can often be seen basking on the black sand. You may even run into a monk seal.

Sacred & Spiritual

As all of Hawai’i’s Aina is sacred. Goddess Pele has given this island birth and has shown her power and beauty with the eruptions of lava that bless this island.

Please leave the rock’s and sand behind, Many boxes of rocks and sand have been returned because of the curse of bad luck that beholds the keeper.

Area Attractions:

Punalu`u Bake Shop and Visitor Center

Punaluu Bake Shop

Introduced to Hawai’i by Portuguese sugar workers during the 19th century, sweetbread has become a time-honored favorite among residents and visitors alike. Our delicately sweet and moist Hawaiian sweetbread at Punalu’u Bake Shop originated from a traditional family recipe. When the recipe was adapted and prepared at a resort restaurant in Punalu’u (Ka’u District on the Big Island of Hawaii) in the 1970s, the sweetbread was an instant hit. To keep visitors and kama’aina supplied with this popular favorite, the Punalu’u Bake Shop was opened in 1991.

Punalu`u Bake Shop and Visitor Center,

Route 11 in Na`alehu (Big Island)

Hawai`i 96722

Toll Free: 1-866-366-3501

From the Big Island: 929-7343


Open daily, (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day),

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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