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. 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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  • This was well worth the (easy) hike. You will probably have the locals offer $20 to drive you there, but if you are physically able to walk about 5 miles round trip (and to save some other green), the...  more »
  • Visited south point to check out the southernmost part of the US. Some scenic views and people jumping off the cliff is entertaining. Further down the road locals sell rides to the green sand beach an...  more »
  • This should be a nice walk along a lovely coast but has been trashed by tourists in 4x4’s. The beach is ok. If you know where to look you can find the green gems that have been ground up to colour the...  more »

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