Explore Hawaii Island’s Rare, Remote Papakolea “Green Sand” Beach
The north end of Papakolea “Green Sand” Beach and remaining face of Puu Mahana volcanic cinder cone, which created it.
Photo: Derek Paiva
Three miles north of Ka Lae peninsula—the United States’ southernmost landfall—is one of only four green sand beaches in the world, Papakolea. Whether you hike or catch a bumpy ride to the remote stretch of olive sand, the destination is worth the effort.