South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach, Naalehu

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Beach Landmark
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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  • who want to necessarily stand at the southernmost point of the United States, should go in here, everyone else is discouraged because of the dust and the desolation
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  • South Point was a neat place to visit and offered free parking. Afterwards, we wanted to go to the Green Sand Beach, but there were people there charging $15 per person to be driven down - or you can ...  more »
  • This is an adventure that shouldn't be missed. Go out to South Point first and make the leap. It may be a thirty foot drop or so. After milling about for a few minutes at the southern most point of th...  more »

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