South Point (Ka Lae) attractions

Top Choice Beach in South Point (Ka Lae)

Green Sand Beach

This legendary beach on Mahana Bay isn't really that green, but it is a rare and beautiful sight. Its color comes from crystals of olivine, the mineral found in the semiprecious gemstone known as peridot. Olivine is…
Top Choice Area in South Point (Ka Lae)

Ka Lae

Ka Lae, the southernmost point of Hawaiʻi Island, feels palpably unwelcoming, yet hauntingly peaceful. It is mostly an empty grassland fringed by restless rocky shores all scoured by relentless wind. Standing near t…
Temple in South Point (Ka Lae)

Kalalea Heiau

Testament to the area's important fishing grounds, this ancient temple and shrine is where Hawaiians left offerings in return for a bountiful catch. Some still do today, although their angling methods have changed. …
Historic Site in South Point (Ka Lae)

Boat Hoist

Bolted to the top of the 40ft cliffs on the western edge of South Point, a boat hoist provides access to small fishing vessels bobbing in the sheltered waters below. Just inland, peer into the large puka (hole) to s…
Historic Site in South Point (Ka Lae)

Lua ʻO Palehemo

An old saying goes: 'If you have seen all Kaʻu, but have not seen Palehemo, you have not seen Kaʻu.' This is likely less about the brackish historic watering hole itself than about the commanding view of Kaʻu's east…
Historic Site in South Point (Ka Lae)

Morse Field

The landing strip of Morse Field was a fuel stop for a trans-Pacific air ferry route until the attack on Pearl Harbor, after which the army tilled it up to prevent enemy use. It was recommissioned briefly after the …
Landmark in South Point (Ka Lae)

Pakini Nui Wind Farm

Fourteen turbines operated by Tawhiri Power LLC harvest the South Point winds to power approximate 18,000 homes.