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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  • We were not prepared for this experience. After driving 2 hrs to get there we arrived at a parking lot 3 miles from the beach. You can then either hike 3 miles over rough terrain or there are people....  more
    We were not prepared for this experience. After driving 2 hrs to get there we arrived at a parking lot 3 miles from the beach. You can then either hike 3 miles over rough terrain or there are people....  more »
  • the beach can be reached on foot/long walk or there are some ppl offering transport at the back of a pickup, latter is life-threathening, I really don't recommend, also it is 15$/per person one... 
    the beach can be reached on foot/long walk or there are some ppl offering transport at the back of a pickup, latter is life-threathening, I really don't recommend, also it is 15$/per person one...  more »
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  • The beach was awesome! Hiked the 2.8 miles with a 3 yr old only shoulders in 1.5hrs, but only doing that once in a lifetime. There are private individuals offering round trip rides to the beach for $20/person, but you’re only allowed 1 hour at the beach. We hiked to the beach and took a truck ride back for $15/person. We were able to spend as long as we wanted at the beach this way.
  • absolutely beautiful the hike is rough for sure… miss the coastal views when taking a lift from trucks but definitely saves you time and from getting over heated in the desert. No shade whatsoever and the wind will get sand in your eyes. **Please never take the sand as it will be bad luck against the Hawaiian Laws and customs**

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