Oahu has its own pink pond, deepening a mystery researchers are keen to solve
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The pink pond on Maui is drawing big crowds.
And now Oahu has its own pink pond. If there’s a heavy rain, it might disappear.
The Barbie-pink pond at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui has turned into a popular visitor attraction.
HNN recently got word of another pink mystery at Barbers Point on Oahu.
Our crew parked at Barbers Point Beach Park, walked about a half mile and found the other pink pond. It isn’t Pepto Bismol pink, but it’s definitely a brownish pink.
Oahu’s pink pond doesn’t have that same eye-popping color as the Maui pond, but scientists call it a fascinating puzzle.
Oahu resident Del Harmon just moved to the area.
“I think it’s really cool,” said Harmon. “I don’t think I’d drink it,” he added.
On Maui, experts believe the water isn’t toxic, but that drought increased the pond’s salinity and it turned pink as micro-bacteria thrived.
UH researchers say the same thing could be happening at Barbers Point and they want to know if there’s a new microorganism to discover in the brackish water.
Here’s where to find the pond:
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