South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach, Naalehu
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Thought to be where Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach marks the southernmost point within the 50 states of the United States. A National Historical Landmark District, the area houses the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian heiau (temple), a fishing shrine, and other cultural relics. You access Ka Lae via a 19 km (12 mi) narrow paved narrow road. When the road forks near its end, you can go south to the point or east to Papakolea Beach, known for its green sand, which comes from the mineral olivineis. The beach boasts waters rich with red snapper and ulua, making it a popular fishing spot. Swimming in not advised due to dangerous currents and powerful winds. Arrange your visit to South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Naalehu using our Naalehu trip builder.
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  • The southernmost point on USA, not Key West as I believed. Even if you can not snorkel here (yesterday the current was too strong and heavy rain) we did not feel safe..... do take a claim down the lad...  more »
  • On the way to the green sand beach man either has the ability to bring down by locals with the car, to enter the Risikio, to even go there, or to wander on foot there. Since we had no cash with us and not want to overextend our rental car, we opted for a hike. Along the coast, it goes on about 45 minutes trails (don't worry, all have the same goal) the green sand beach towards, which lies in a small Bay. Apparently there are countless turtles in the water, we have made only a short rest and are then again wandered through the coastal landscape to the car. Caution: even if here is a cool breeze blowing, there is no protection from the Sun and to get one hundred percent sunburn quite - oil, grease, grease! At South Point, could we watch fishermen fishing and enjoyed the view.
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  • It was soo peaceful. We had a four wheel drive so we got to drive right down otherwise it's a bit of a hike. The waves are wonderful and the water was nice. It's kinda secluded as well. I highly recom...  more »