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Papakolea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii. | by SteveD.
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Papakolea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii.

AKA Green Sand Beach.


A nice hike or 4WD from South Point, one of the few safe places to get in the ocean in the area. The walk can be hot, muddy, windy, or rainy, maybe all four; take your choice. We lucked out, it was a beautiful day. This year I noticed locals hanging around at South Point who will pile you in their trucks and run you to the beach (fee negotiable). Maximum capacity in the back of a 1/2 ton pick-up looked to be about 12...


Green color is due to olivine. They have a problem with visitors taking the sand for souvenirs. From wikipedia: "Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as "Hawaiian Diamond" and is notably found in Oʻahu's famous Diamond Head landmark. The source of the green coloration of the beach sands is due to the olivine crystals which are winnowed from the eroding headland by the action of the sea."


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Thanks for looking, and Cheers!



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Taken on March 1, 2011