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