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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  • All I have to say is:"taking the shuttles to the green sands beach is the best way..The locals know what their doing and they also have the experience to get you there and back..So what if it cost's $...  more »
  • The Green Sand Beach is, in fact, green. Much of the sand has a brilliant gold color when seen up close. Locals have carved a cobweb of dirt tracks through the former farmland net the beach. You can h...  more »
  • First off, the hike is easy enough - all flat - and through a terrain that's very different to the rest of the island. They have locals giving ATV and truck rides out to the beach for 10$, but we deci...  more »