Punalu’u Black Sand Beach…and a bonus
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is gorgeous, to say the least. Large beach area, palm trees and green sea turtles. This particular image is not really a great image of the beach, it’s what is behind it, many miles, that is special. The bonus. Notice the cloud in this distance behind the palm trees? That’s not a cloud. When I arrived at the beach the sky was clear and blue. Suddenly, a large plume of smoke and Sulfur Dioxide rose through the sky. It’s from the summit of Kilauea, the Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater that is always bubbling and boiling. A wall must have fallen in or something of the kind causing the smoke to rise like a bomb had gone off. The scene felt like something out of The Twilight Zone. Here you have a world class black sand beach, palm trees, trade winds and sea turtles taking a nap 25 feet away. Then, in the distance, an erupting pit crater from Kilauea Volcano. Beautiful and unsettling at the same time.