Keanalele Waterhole

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The Keanalele Waterhole, also known as one of the Queen's Baths in Hawaii, holds historical significance as a bathing site for the Queen. Situated near Kiholo Bay/Kiholo State Park Reserve, these freshwater lava tubes, deemed sacred Princess Baths across Hawaii, evoke debate over whether swimming should be permitted to preserve their sanctity and delicate ecosystem. Despite the chilly 70-degree water temperature, some still enjoy swimming, though caution is advised due to the absence of lifeguards and the dark, cave-like environment. Directions to the waterhole involve navigating off Highway 19, following a dirt road, and parking near the reserve, emphasizing the need for preparation, including bringing waterproof flashlights for safety in the darkened tubes.

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Hikes • Scenic