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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  • What can I say? We arrived and for our $15, we stood up in the back of a pickup (so that more people could fit on) and took a drive which I truly thought might be our last (as well as all the other pe...  more »
  • I write this review reluctantly because the secret is out and has been for a while now ever since a travel writer wrote about Green Sand Beach in a published book. While at Ka Lae, please be mindful a...  more »
  • As one of only a handful of green sand beaches in the world, this is definitely worth the trek. We found information on the beach in a hiking guide,though I'm not sure we would have enjoyed the hike. ...  more »