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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  • The hike to the green sand beach is hot and dry but we enjoyed it. Some locals are set up to drive you to the beach if you would like; I heard them asking $15 each, for I guess a round trip ride. We d...  more »
  • When will you be able to say you were at the Southern most point of the US again?? Go do it. The road is paved up to the cliffs/southern point. Parking is in sand/grass/rocks and little bumpy but not ...  more »
  • Great spot for photos. Good shoes are recommended. Flip flops or open toe shoes are not a good idea if you want to walk around the area. Lava rock can be sharp.  more »