A year ago, Black Pot Beach Park took a direct hit from the worst flooding in memory on the island of Kauai. Sitting at the magical spot between the Hanalei Pier and the mouth of the Hanalei River, the park was inundated with overflowing water from the river. In fact, a new channel was created that ran alongside the park and underneath the pier walkway. Facilities were washed away and several vehicles upended. There was also damage to the parking lot, to the road leading to the park (Weke Road) and to several homes near the park. For the North Shore community, and subsequent visitors, this was a tough thing to see.
A year later, progress is being made at Black Pot Beach Park. Repairs to the parking lot and road are underway. The channel has been filled in with sand dredged from around the pier. The park, which became overgrown after the flooding, has been cleared. Green grass is taking root. Portable toilets will be brought in until a new larger bathroom facility is constructed, hopefully by the end of the year. There is renewed hope this popular gathering spot will reopen sometime during the summer of 2019.
Though the actual park is still closed, access to the Hanalei Pier, to the beach and to the sandbar at the mouth of the Hanalei River has generally been restored, though ongoing repair work may hinder access at times.
Below are recent photos of Black Pot Beach Park and the surrounding area.
Black Pot Beach Park Photos April 2019