South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach, Naalehu

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Beach Landmark Must See
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. Make South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach a centerpiece of your Naalehu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Naalehu online journey planner .
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  • September 29, 2017
    Got up early to drive down from Kona to hit up this must see spot. There was a decent sized parking lot outside of the beginning of the trail. There were several locals offering 4x4 rides for a fee to...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    If you are an adrenaline junky like me you will love this cliff jumping. The water is amazing and has a color of blue that does not go away as you splash around. It can be rough though so only jump in...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    The south point is a fair drive from the major tourist centers on the Big Island, so you really need to dedicate most of the day to seeing these places. After a long road heading south from the highwa...  more »

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