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

Categories: Beaches, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • It was really cool to see green sand on this beach and to be able to say you were at the Southernmost place in the U.S. It was a decent length hike to get there from where you can park and the only co...  read more »
  • The green sand beach is definitely a great activity to do. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Tips: You can either hike to and from the beach (just over 5 miles round trip), or you can pay the loc...  read more »
  • Small beach olive green hard to reach. It takes 4 x 4 and the knowledge of the place, there's a taxi in 15/$ 20 each for 40 min ride each way. Walk is long, always under the Sun and you are likely to get lost. Nice landscape, beach not to be missed.
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