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From journal Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
April 26, 2006
To get there, take South Point Rd from Highway 11 (between mile markers 69/70). This is a narrow road, and sometimes you wonder if you're on the "right" one, but face it, there aren't any others... so it's right. When you face oncoming cars, one of you must pull over, but it's fairly easy to do.
On the way you'll pass a wind farm. If your windows are up, put them down for a tad and listen. The sound the windmills make is different, and neat, though I'm not sure I'd want to live near them and hear it all the time! The wind makes some of the trees grow strangely too, so keep your eyes out and you'll see them on your way.
After 4 miles (or so) you'll reach a fork in the road - stay right. Soon you'll reach a parking area with lots of people at it. If it's a day like we were there, you'll also see youngsters (and a few oldsters) jumping from the cliff into the sea below. My boys wanted to. Dad didn't want to go with them (Mom either) so they left disappointed. Other tourists were joining in. There's a shaky looking ladder to climb back up.
There were also fishermen there, and general picnickers. Beware though—this ISN'T the southernmost point. To reach that, head to your left (looking at the water) past a spot where ancient Hawaiians tied their canoes (looking at that along the way), and follow a rock wall as it gently goes down into the ocean. That's the TRUE south point. When we were there, someone had written (in coral) both an arrow pointing the direction to go, and the words "You are Here" when you finally got there. Quite a nice tip, and confirmed by the guidebook.
The view from here is amazing... and we spent a bit of time walking around and reflecting of exactly where we were on the globe at this point in time. (Another travel thingy!) If you have time, go there; if for nothing else other than just to say you've been! It's free.
From journal Hawaii Vacation: The Adventure Continues
by Gwilym Owen
September 1, 2002
The road passes fertile farmland, orange and macadamia groves before opening out onto barren grassland dotted with the exaggerated forms of windswept trees. On the right as you travel down, you pass a small wind turbine farm as the constant winds are ideal for generating a lot of wind energy and then an abandoned US Military base used for tracking missiles from the US mainland. If you follow the tarmac road right to the end, you will find that it abruptly disappears off the edge of the cliff as the constant pounding of the waves has reclaimed this part of the coast.
Backtrack a little and you will find steel and wooden ladders descending right over the side of the cliffs down to fishing boats moored below. Much as you might be tempted, don’t use them as a launching point into the sea as the currents are treacherous and the next stop is Antarctica. It is after all called the Halaea Current, named after a Hawai’ian chief who was carried away to his death! Further round the cliffs drop away into a rocky beach where, if you look carefully, you can see ancient pictoglyphs carved into some of the rocks that submerge under water as the tide comes in, at what could be the actual spot of the first landings of Polynesians on the Hawai’ian Islands from their home islands to the south.
There is evidence of human activity here from as early as A.D. 200, such as a large fish pool and the remains of the fishing settlement of Waiahukuni and some heiaus (temples).
A short distance from here is the private car park for the Green Sands Beach.
The nearest town to here is Na’alehu, the southernmost community in the USA! Pretty much every business in this town advertises itself as the southernmost this or that. It is a quiet if religious town (there are six churches for a population of just over 1,000 souls), but is a useful pitstop for petrol and groceries. The best things nearing to attractions in Na’alehu are the ‘Southernmost Community’ sign for photo ops in the centre of town and the fantastic Punalu’u Bakeshop which does great snacks like the ‘local’ Portuguese Malasada pastries. There is an idyllic little garden in which to enjoy these treats, as well as some historical murals to admire.
From journal Big Island Adventure
St. Louis, Missouri
July 7, 2002
The constant winds here make it an ideal place for generating energy by windmills, too. Stop and listen to the eerie sound they make. You'll see a bunch of windblown trees in this area, too.
Then go to the end of the road (11 miles off from the main highway) to Ka Lae, and marvel at the boat launch facilities high up on the cliff. The currents here are strong and snorkeling is not recommended, even though it looks so inviting. We were told that if you got into the current, you'ld end up in the south pole! Also by this point, you'll come across a road that disappears into the ocean. Fairly recent lava flows have reclaimed the land there.
A short distance from here is a pull off for Green Sands Beach where green olivine mineral is mixed with black and gray sand from the eroded lava, so the sand is a gray-green. It's quite a hike and very remote. There was a "tourist" parking lot set up by the trailhead where someone wanted to charge us $5 to "watch" our vehicle. I had heard about this scam and was not comfortable leaving our rental there without paying, yet didn't want to reward a scammer, either. So I bought a post card of Green Sands Beach instead.
This area is probably least what I expected to find in hawaii! Which made it even more fascinating.
From journal Big fun on the Big Island of Hawaii