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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  • As one of only four green sand beaches in the world, if you are on the Big Island, you should make time to see this wonder. The beach is small and very popular (aka crowded) but a sight to see. The....  more »
  • What makes this so amazing is that you are at one of four places in the world that has green sand. You have to be excited about this concept, otherwise, you are not going to enjoy the rest. The road.....  more »
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