Aerial footage of Black Pot and the Hanalei Pier (December 2015). Video by: Joel Guy.
Black Pot Beach Park is one of three county-owned beach parks on Hanalei Bay. The park, which is nearly 2.5 acres in size, sits at the north end of Weke Road near the point where the Hanalei River meets the salty waters of Hanalei Bay. With a wide sand beach bordering alongside the iconic Hanalei Pier, Black Pot Beach is a community gathering place and recreational hub for local residents and visitors.
Park users range from families that gather for picnics, children playing on the beach, campers relaxing in the park, and surfers, kayakers and canoe paddlers enjoying the ocean and river. There are also fishermen fishing near the river or launching fishing boats, sailboats moored in the bay, tourists marveling at the natural beauty and taking pictures at the pier, while others come to enjoy the sunset views or walk/run the beach. Conflicts between commercial and non-commercial users, as well as concerns about the growing number of special events hosted at the park, have increased in recent years.
Public facilities and amenities include parking, comfort station, outdoor showers, picnic pavilions, and camping areas. A small boat ramp at the end of Weke Road can only be used by non-motorized and lightweight watercraft.
The County recently acquired the beachfront and several adjacent parcels of land on both the mauka (east) and pavilion (south) side of the park with plans to expand the existing park. Other properties within the boundaries of the project planning area include: 1) the privately-owned parcel leased by Nāmolokama Canoe Club; (2) the State-owned access road to Hanalei Pier; and (3) the State-owned riverfront parcel.