Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Papakolea Green Sand Beach

Papakolea Green Sand Beach

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Top 19% of attractions in Hawaii
8 / 10

8 expert reviews

“Hawaii’s famous green-sand beach is located at the base of Puu o Mahana, an old cinder cone spilling into the sea.”

– Frommer's

Lonely Planet
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"Hawaiʻi's southernmost tip, Ka Lae feels like the utter end of the earth." Full review
Fodor's
"You'll need good hiking shoes or sneakers to get to this olive-green crescent, one of the most unusual beaches on the island." Full review
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It can get hot and windy, so bring lots of drinking water.
Lonely Planet
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"Also known as Papakolea Beach, this legendary beach on Mahana Bay isn't really that green, but it is a secluded, sandy strand." Full review
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Swimming isn't advisable
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"Located in the Kau district, this is the only one of its kind on the island." Full review
Atlas Obscura
"A beach made of semi-precious green sand on the Big Island of Hawai'i. " Full review
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