Top things to do in South Point (Ka Lae)

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…
Coffee in South Point (Ka Lae)

Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm

This small farm stand packs a lot in, offering samples of locally produced coffee, honey and mac nuts (though the chocolate is by Guittard). Its crystallized ʻohiʻa lehua honey should be adopted as the official flav…
Coffee in South Point (Ka Lae)

Ka Lae Coffee

Tucked behind a family home and fronting a greenhouse bursting with orchids, the US's southernmost coffee shop is a relaxed place to rejuvenate after a morning at South Point. Yoga classes (by donation) happen among…
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.