Updated at 4:30 p.m. on May 31.
The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation says the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center will be closed until further notice due to a safety issue caused by the Puna lava event.
While cleaning the pool in preparations for the reopening scheduled for June 1, aquatics staff discovered “Pele’s Hair” (fine threads of volcanic glass which are formed when a spray of lava droplets cools rapidly in the air) in the water and filtration systems.
Aquatics staff will continue to monitor the situation and the public will be informed when the pool can reopen for recreational purposes.
Original story published at 5:29 p.m. on May 30.
The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center will open on June 1, 2018 for recreation and lap swimming on a shortened schedule as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The pool may close with little or no notice due to conditions caused by the lava and eruption events.
Pool users are reminded that the Pahoa Reginal Recreation Facility is currently being utilized as an emergency evacuation shelter, and all users must check in with security at the gate entrance.
The evacuees that are utilizing the recreation facility as an emergency shelter are going through a tough time, and we ask the public’s kokua in respecting the privacy of the evacuees. All pool users are asked to remain within the aquatic center area while using the pool.