Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Naalehu

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Thought to be where Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands Papakōlea 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 Papakōlea 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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  • Beautiful place to explore Hawaii. 3 mile hike along lava covered shore lines, see driftwood and dirt paths. It's a bit Rocky but doable. You can also pay $10 each for a 4x4 ride. The sites on the bea...  more »
  • It pays to take the local transportation from the impromptu parking area, unless you really want to destroy your car, or you don't mind walking really far. The sand was green (more like a dirty sand g...  more »

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