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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  • To get to the Papakolea Green Sand Beach you need to either hike the ~2.8 miles from the parking area (its not a marked parking lot, just an open area where you can park your car) or you can apparentl...  more »
  • We went here with friends who live on the island. In order to do so, we rode in a truck capable of navigating the sandy, deep ruts of the "road". A standard four wheel drive won't do this unless it's ...  more »
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