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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  • A very beautiful place for 2 reasons. 1) Southern most tip of USA and a fabulous view of water from cliff: Drive in Highway 19 which becomes 11 and go to "South point park" for around 10 miles. The ro...  more »
  • The southern point of Hawaii, and for that matter, the United States has 2 great attractions. The cliff jumping and the green sand beach of PapakĊlea. The cliff jumps are awesome, giving you a 50+ foo...  more »
  • Being the most southern beach in the USA, my wife and I along with another couple had to make the trip! Locals wait at the "entrance" with their pick up trucks to offer rides for $ as no cars can make...  more »