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South Point and Punaluu

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South Point (Ka Lea), the southern tip of the island of Hawaii, is also the southernmost point in the United States. It is thought that South Point is where the Polynesians first landed since the Big Island is the closest of the Hawaiian Islands to Tahiti, and South Point would be the point of first landfall. A few miles from South Point, Papakolea Beach is reknown for its rare (there are only two such beaches in the US) green sand, caused by olivine crystals found in the enclosing cinder cone. Access to Papakolea Beach is by foot or four-wheel drive vehicle. Punaluu beach is one of the most beautiful black sand beaches found on the island. The color comes from lava rock.

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Punaluu beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Black sand beach and palm trees, Punaluu. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Mossy rocks and black sand, Punaluu black sand beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Black sand beach at Punaluu. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Coastline. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Road and Pacific Ocean, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Pete Conrad Ground Station. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Colorful shale and ocean with surf, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Collapsed cinder cone with green sand, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Surf and green sand, Papakolea Beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Blurred waves and cliff, Papakolea Beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Beachgoers and green sand beach near South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) People on Mahana (green sand) Beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Green olivine sand beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Surf and volcanic shore at sunset, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Fishing rods at sunset, Ka Lea (South Point). Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Lava rock shore and Mauna Loa shield profile from South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Ka Lea Light at dusk, southernmost point in the US. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Most southern bar in the USA at night. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Gate, field, and Ocean. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Golf course with palm trees, Punaluu. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Punaluu black sand beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Beach of basalt black sand  at Punaluu. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Black sand and mossy rocks, Punaluu Beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Narrow road and ocean,  South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) South Point satellite station. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Old Kamoa wind farm, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Grasses and volcanic shore, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Green sand beach from above, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Papakolea Beach and cliff. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Mahana Beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Olivine sand beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Couple on Papakolea green sand beach. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Burial site near South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Beach and lava near South Point, sunset. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Surf and lava shoreline at sunset, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Volcanic rock and surf, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white) Ruins of ancient hawaiian temple at dusk, South Point. Big Island, Hawaii, USA ( black and white)
All the 38 black and white pictures of South Point and Punaluu are on this page