One of the big perks of visiting Hawaii is the unlimited access to water. Whether it’s the sparkling Pacific Ocean to swimming pools at resorts and hotels, there are abundant choices for travelers who are spending time on the island. If you’re not staying at one of the hotels, however, and are opting to rent a nice private property or home that doesn’t include a swimming pool, there are plenty of public pools located throughout Hawaii. They make for a great daytime outing, especially for families with children, and are the perfect way to enjoy the sun and go for a nice relaxing dip. These are ten of the best public pools on all of the islands in Hawaii that you don’t want to miss.
Visit These 10 Public Pools In Hawaii
1. Kona Community Aquatic Center
Located on the Big Island, the pool and facility are beautiful and features several designated short-course lanes for those looking to practice swimming laps or get in a good workout. In addition to free admission, the hours are generous (typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and includes a friendly staff and solar heated warm showers.
Address: 75-5530 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona
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2. Salt Lake Swimming Pool
Within close proximity to the Honolulu Country Club on Oahu, this swimming pool is a great alternative to those who don’t want to go to the beach. Clean and large, the pool has an abundance of friendly and helpful staff and lifeguards, and there is also a big playground and courts on the other side of the fence.
Address: 1159 Ala Lilikoi Pl, Honolulu
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3. Nas Pool
Near Hilo Bay and the University of Hawaii-Hilo, this local pool is a popular spot for those who want to sign up for swim lessons as well as leisurely swim on their own. They also host various events both in and at the pool, including swim meet-ups and arts and crafts classes for kids.
Address: 110 Operations Rd, Hilo
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4. Pahala Pool
The Pahala Pool has specific days for different activities, including their Adult Water Fitness class from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with open swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also offer Adult Lap Swim from 10 a.m. to noon, and public recreational swim Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They are also open on weekends and offer extended hours as well.
Address: 96-3150 Pikake St, Pahala
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5. Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center
Huge, clean, friendly and free, this pool offers lap swimming only at designated times. They also host water polo tournaments here, as well as springboard diving and U.S. Masters swimming classes, which were designed for those who want to train, learn and improve their swimming skills.
Address: 94/801 Kamehameha Hwy, Waipahu
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6. Kihei Aquatic Center
Located on a stunning six-mile stretch of coastline on Maui, this full-sized competition complex has served as a host site for various swimming championships. In addition to an Olympic-sized competition pool, the facility also includes warm-up and ret pools, diving springboards, as well as meeting and hospitality rooms.
Address: 303 E Lipoa St, Kihei
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7. Makiki Swimming Pool
This Honolulu hotspot is located close to a park and offers free swim classes, including water aerobics with fun music. There are two pools: one for adults and kids who can swim, as well as a pool for toddlers.
Address: 1527 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu
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8. Kailua District Swimming Pool
Free to all, this public swimming pool has good hours, and offers family swim time, short course swim, as well as different classes. Amenities include showers and locker rooms, and they also offer open recreational swimming time as well.
Address: 21 S Kainalu Dr, Kailua
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9. Kapaa Swimming Pool
This seven-lane pool is fenced off and located on a beach that is adjacent to the public path. The views of the surrounding area from the benches and stands on the pool deck are stunning, and there is no charge for community lap swimming. The lifeguards and staff are on duty-all day long and the facilities have been upgraded over the years at this Kauai pool, which is located on the north side of Kapaa Town.
Address: 4470 Kou St, Kapaa
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10. Coach Sakamoto Pool
This public pool in Maui is located next to War Memorial Stadium & Gymnasium and features eight lanes with 1m and 3m diving board. Named after legendary Maui Swim Coach Soichi Sakamoto who helped train several Olympic champions in the ‘30s and ‘40s, admission to the pool is free and they also offer early morning lap swim hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Address: 1580 W Kaahumanu Ave, Wailuku
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This article was written by Kamala Kirk.