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Rohnert Park, California
November 30, 2008
May 18, 2008
From journal Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii
February 17, 2008
From journal Hawaiian Hot Spots
Los Angeles, California
May 20, 2003
It's a terrible hike, especially since the wind blows against you all the way to the beach, but it's worth the effort. Take plenty of water and wear sunblock. Make sure NOT to wear flimsy sandals as you WILL get blisters.
From journal Unspoiled Hawaii
Port Angeles, Washington
April 9, 2003
To reach Green Sand Beach, turn off of Highway 11 between mile markers 69 and 70. There is a sign that says South Point (or Ka Lae). The drive is green and rural, with cattle grazing and a scenic farm along the way. After about 10 miles, the road forks. To the right is South Point, or Ka Lae, the southernmost point in the United States.
To see South Point, park near the fishing platforms on the side of the cliffs. The cliffs are breathtaking here. Next to the fishing platforms is a long ladder coming back up to the clifftop. A friend who was with me said that when she was there a few months earlier, her son jumped off the fishing platforms about 30 feet down into the ocean! I was SOOOOOOO tempted, as it was a pretty calm day. This is something you definitely do not want to attempt in rough conditions.
The actual South Point is located at the Coast Guard beacon about ¼ mile away. Near South Point is Kalalea Heiau, a sacred spot. It is said that the first Polynesians to "the Sandwich Islands" landed here. There are ancient canoe moorings "drilled" into the rocks below. It is a special spot.
Back at the road fork, continue left for another mile or so. To go to Green Sand Beach, park before the road gets too rutted and walk toward the ocean. Near the boat dock, follow the dirt four-wheel drive road east. The total hike to Green Sand is about 3 miles. There are numerous intertwining dirt roads. It doesn’t matter too much which one you take, as long as you stay relatively near the coast, they all lead to Green Sands.
After about an hour, you will see a dramatic rock formation angling down to a sheltered bay with the most startling aqua blue water. Even though you will want to get down to the beach ASAP, make sure that you go to the far east side of the bay before descending. The short scramble down is not as bad as it looks, there are sort of natural steps to go down.
Once at the bottom, my friends and I had a blast. The water was perfect, not too rough, and it felt great after the hot, dry hike! We swam and splashed, met some nice people and their cool dog. I guess sometimes the swimming can be dangerous, so be forewarned. The olive green sand was captivating, and I couldn’t stop gazing at it. It actually looked like gold, shimmering in the sun. We left after way-too-short of a time for the toasty hike back to the car. If you are up for the hike, Green Sand Beach is a MUST-see.
From journal Big Island: Fun on Foot and Sensational Swimming
NEW PALTZ, New York
January 9, 2003
From journal Green with envy at South Point, Hawaii
by Gwilym Owen
September 1, 2002
This place is a hike to get to, it is in a remote and rugged part of the island and, above all, it’s on PRIVATE native Hawai’ian land!
To get there you have to drive to South Point, which is the Southernmost point of the USA. You can then park your car in a designated if run down lot and pay an ‘attendant’ a fee to ‘look after’ the car. People have mentioned driving to the beach (only in a 4x4), but this is actually in effect trespassing and the Hawai’ians that own this land have been know to ‘trap’ cars on the other side of the stone wall that marks the barrier and demand a heavy payment. It really is up to you if you want to take that risk, but I prefer the peace of mind of following the rules in such a potentially vulnerable position!
The walk is about two miles but it is flat and easy as long as you have decent walking shoes. The next ‘spoiler’ I have about this beach is that you literally have to climb down into it, it could definitely be dangerous if you’re not careful and I would not recommend it for small children or the elderly. Frankly anyone with a significant mobility problem is NOT going to be able to reach the beach!
Lastly this is a desolate and windswept place (you pass a wind turbine farm to get here!), it is after all at the bottom end of one of the most remote archipelagos in the World. The ocean here can get extremely rough with dangerous currents further out, there are no coast guards and if you get swept out – there will be no one to help you!
It is a starkly beautiful beach, sheltered by cliffs on three sides - chances are you will get it all to yourself for a good while! The sand is an amazing dark olive (olivine) colour and very soft. The swimming is great and even on a calm day, the waves are great for body surfing or boogie boarding!
If you want an adventure come here, if you just want to relax – go somewhere else!
From journal Big Island Adventure
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 26, 2000
From journal A Week in Hawaii