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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  • We hiked from the parking lot. It took one hour one way, going at a good pace. It was dusty and rocky and requires good walking shoes. Do not wear flip flops, even if you take a ride there, you should...  more »
  • This is something I really wanted to do on my trip. We paid for the ride down, $10 per person. It take about 15minutes to drive there, its very bumpy, very windy and very rocky....there's no way I wou...  more »
  • Pay the locals to drive you, it's worth it! It was super hot and windy for the 2.5 mile hike to the beach - we paid for a lift back.