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

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Beach Landmark Must See
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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  • We decided to stop here to check it out. We never went out to the green sand beach, but did stop where the road ends. The views were great, but other than that, not much to do. It was very windy and w...  more »
  • I left a review on Papakōlea beach on that page (that's the green sand beach.) I recommend that trip if you take one of the local's shuttles and not try to walk or drive it yourself. As far as South P...  more »
  • We went to South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii, both for the view and the Green Sand Beach. The trail down to the beach is over 2 miles from the parking lot, over dry and dusty trails. Two options...  more »

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