Green Sand Beach (Mahana Beach)
Papakōlea Beach is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only four green sand beaches in the world, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam; Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands; and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from olivine sand eroded out of the enclosing volcanic cone.
Located near to South Point, access to this unique olivine covered beach is either by four wheel drive or by hiking a round trip of five miles from the end of South Point Ka Lae road. Be sure to where good hiking shoes, sun screen and bring plenty of water.
Enjoy the panoramic views of the Ka’u coast line as you journey to the beach. Caution, swimming in the area can be hazardous due to strong currents.
Make sure you bring out all your trash… KOKUA the AINA, for all the Beauty and wondrous joy HAWAI`I brings to all.
Some have experienced an itching or bitting feeling while at the beach.