"Mahana Beach (Papakolea) Green Sand Beach" Hawaii (Big Island) Things to Do Tip by heitzenrater
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Papakolea, Green Sand Beach is well deserving of its name. The olive-like color of the sand comes from the presence of a greenish, semi-precious stone named, appropriately enough, olivine. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon your tastes) Green Sand is very isolated (see ACCESS).
Access :: The road down to Green Sand begins as a very rugged jeep trail. Jagged rocks are everywhere. Be sure to wear shoes when attempting the hike down. Follow the road for ten minutes to reach an area lush with green pastureland made possible by an ancient volcanic eruption. After another 35 minutes of walking, you'll arrive at an ancient cinder cone. The trail down from here is as treacherous as they come. Expect heavy duty climbing and drops of four to five feet. Follow the trail down to the beach.
Services :: None.
Notes :: The swimming here is terrible, the water dangerous, the currents vicious. Only enter the water on very calm days in the summer. Because of its seclusion, there are never any lifeguards on duty. If you get snared by a rip, you're on your own. In conclusion: the unique color of its sand is Papakolea's only draw. Braving the rugged road down, you might be tempted to ask yourself if it's really worth the hike.
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Address: check my south point post to find directins there
Directions: ONCE AT SOUTH POINT LOOKING AT THE WATER WALK TO THE LEFT, FALLOW THE WATER AND THE DIRT TRAIL. ABOUT 2/12 MILE WALK
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