Pahoa Community Pool Finally Reopens

An improved Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center was reopened this morning following completion of a $1.5 million renovation project that has enhanced the operation and usability of the popular swimming pool.
 Pahoa Pool
Pastor Alan Tamashiro delivered the blessing as anxious swimmers waited to enter the pool for the first time since the Department of Parks and Recreation closed it temporarily in January so construction work could begin.
Roof-mounted solar heating panels have been installed to warm the pool water, while new circulation pumps and a variable-frequency drive motor will reduce energy use and start-up time following an electrical outage.
Pahoa Pool Solar Panels
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. also enlarged the equipment building to accommodate the new pumps, and repaired leaks to the pool basin, surge gutter and drain lines.  County employees performed various maintenance tasks that included roof repairs, painting and refinishing the keiki pool’s play fountain and tiling.
Pahoa Pool County Worker
Mayor Billy Kenoi thanked the public for its patience while the renovation work was occurring at a recreational facility he said serves as a pu‘uhonua or safe haven for families.
He was joined by Puna Councilman Zendo Kern, a fellow Puna native who revealed the first time he jumped from a diving board was a the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center.
“This is such a needed thing in Puna,” Kern said. “It’s so used.”
New lockers have been installed as well

New lockers have been installed as well

 To accommodate that demand, the Department is implementing new operating hours starting Tuesday, August 27. The pool will be open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for a lunchtime closure from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For additional pool information, please call Cassandra at 965-2700 or check the Aquatics section of the Department’s website,

One Response

  1. Really? The first time Zen jumped from a diving board was when he was, what, in his late teens? he must have been a junior in high school when it opened. I find that hard to believe. Anyway, glad the pool is open again and I for one will be making use of it!

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