The oral history of the place told of the Chiefs or “Ali’i” using the lagoon for “ola hou” (restoration or healing by bathing. This sandy lagoon, is considered a luxury among vacation rentals in Hawaii as the island is volcanic and white sand is rare. This is a perfect spot for a relaxing dip in the ocean without any fear of currents and waves. Unless the surf is really up, there are usually very few waves in the lagoon. Many children have learned to swim here, and the lagoon is a great place for kids to play in the ocean.
The sand extends to about waist deep water, then it gives way to lava. Though it can be shallow in spots, people have snorkeled around the lagoon at high tide.
If swimming isn’t your thing, you can also walk around the tidepools and see the small fish, sea urchins, and crabs that make their home in the tide pools.
We are lucky to have about six green sea turtles (honu in Hawaiian) making their home along these beaches. According to Hawaiian tradition, the honu are guardian angels that watch over and protect us. Often, the turtles will hang around the calm lagoon and swim right up next to you. The honu are an endangered and protected species and should never be touched under any circumstances. The oils from our fingers and our skin destroy the protective layer of their shells and skin. Since this is their habitat, we ask that you honor and respect them from afar. They eat algae off of the rocks and may bump in to you as they drift in the current.