Location: Palolo Valley District Park (2007 Palolo Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816)
Phone: (808) 733-7362
Kick back at Palolo Pool. It is located in the middle of Palolo Valley and is an Olympic-sized swimming pool (50 meters long and 25 yards wide). Use of the pool is free and open to the public.
The atmosphere is quiet, and the facility itself is clean and in great condition. It’s situated on the side of the valley with a pleasant view. I’ve been swimming here on lazy summer Sunday afternoons for years. I’m kind of a baby in the winter months when the water gets a little too cold from the shorter days and cooler weather.
On the weekends, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the pool is partitioned in half: one side for recreation and the other for the 25-yard lap swim. If the lanes get too full they will accommodate the swimmers by moving the rope over and shortening the recreation swim area since there’s usually only a handful of people anyway. Just throw your slippers and towel in the provided cubicles, shower off and jump right in. Please note: sorry girls…no thongs allowed.
Fifty-meter swim is also available on certain days and times. I’ve had the pleasure of swimming the full length in the evening. The lights shine down and create a dream-like view underwater. The stars overhead in the twilight sky make for a nice session, indeed. So take advantage of this impressive Olympic-sized pool for your lap swim workout.
To find the pool, make your way up Palolo Avenue. After you pass William Jarrett Intermediate School on the right, look for the pool parking lot. Occasionally it’s full from other activities at the park, but street parking is always available.