Things to Do in Naalehu

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Things to Do in Naalehu

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  • Duchess DJ Love
    Fort Worth, TX138 contributions
    Since there are only 4 Green Sand Beaches in the world and you are on Kona - Big Island, then visit the area. The drive is almost 2 hours from Kailua Pier. You can stop in Oceanview at Coffee Grinds for breakfast or lunch, get fuel, and pick up other items at the market for the hike. All in one small strip mall. The vastness of this area is tough to capture in a photo but beautiful to observe. Take S Point Rd for about 12 miles. Look for the sign by the big tree and stay straight until it dead ends into a parking lot. If you take a right where folks are fishing, then turn around. Turn right onto the road you came. There is a porta pottie where you park. The hike is at least 3 miles one way. The hike is not strenuous but there is no shade, very windy, and extremely sandy. The locals know the terrain and will drive you for $20 roundtrip and stay with you while there. You can hike down to the ocean. Be careful it is slippery and steep. I do not recommend hiking after 10am. The sun is intense. Even with a 4x4, I highly suggest not driving to the beach. See my photos rough roads and steep inclines at times. If there's recent rain, it can be boggy. Summary, 6.5 miles roundtrip with extreme wind most of the time. There is no trail per say. You will see ruts in the road and stay close to the shore or you might get lost. Views are phenomenal. The sand is not as green as you would think. Take plenty of water and layers of clothing as it could rain. Do not wear sandals or flip flops.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • SoCalOregonian
    Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
    This rugged point of land is the southernmost point of land in the 50 United States. It is believed to be the place the first Polynesians came ashore when they reached the islands.
    This entire area is a National Historic Landmark and dotted with ruins of heiau and cultural relics.
    When you see the lighthouse, South Point is just beyond.
    When we visited it was very windy with a lot of local fisherman.
    To access this area it is about 11 miles off the main highway over a very narrow road. Please drive with Aloha on the one lane sections.
    Written April 6, 2022
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  • Casey
    Duluth2 contributions
    The coffee and tastings were AMAZING! 10/10, definitely recommend… accommodating to larger groups, with a super friendly staff!
    Written March 17, 2022
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  • Karavans
    Boerne, TX218 contributions
    Consider taking the time to visit South Point as you make the southern circle tour of the Big Island. Walk all the way out to the light. Enjoy the incredible views of the open Pacific on clear days and feel the brisk winds from across the ocean. Take a few minutes to talk to the local fishermen and learn about the extraordinary way they 'cast' their lines out to the deep water.

    Over the past few years, young trill seekers have added diving from the cliffs to their South Point stop.

    Nearby Green Sand Beach is also a worthwhile side trip.
    Written June 25, 2019
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  • deby m
    Tucson, AZ26 contributions
    A wonderful beautiful beach park that is great for exploring, not great for swimming as it is a very wild savage beach here. Waves crashing over lava rocks, absolutely stunning 🌊🌊
    Written September 3, 2019
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  • williwanna
    Boston, MA104 contributions
    pretty place. there are people cliff jump, a lot of people fishing. Very nice coast line, very good sight seeing place
    Written April 17, 2022
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  • Brian J
    Portland, OR101 contributions
    Understood but disappointed the lava tube was closed to visitors. Know it's hit or miss on visibility of lava in the crater but would have been nice to see more than steam.
    Written March 27, 2021
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  • Michael B
    Bellflower, CA21,754 contributions
    After passing through Hawaii Volcanic National Park, we visited Naalehu, the southernmost town and church in the United States. Naalehu (Naalehu means "the volcanic ashes" in Hawaiian, and is home to one of several ground communication stations operated by Bigelow Aerospace that is used to communicate with its space modules in orbit. The Naalehu united Methodist church was closed when we went to visit it, but is a very pretty white building with a pointed spire, set in manicured grounds.

    TIP: Check out the Shaka across the street.
    Written December 20, 2019
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  • SoCalOregonian
    Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
    In 1866 Mark Twain visited this area and planted a Monkeypod tree in Waiohinu. The original tree was struck by lightning, but a sapling survived, and this 2nd generation tree is what is seen today. Don’t blink or you will miss it as you drive through this area. This is about the only thing to see.
    Written April 2, 2022
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  • Hal72
    Olympia, WA563 contributions
    Restrooms are few and far between south of Kona. This is the first public one we run into. Facilities are ok, but work. There is also a trail that we tried part of. Probably interesting but they suggest it would take a couple hours, which we didn't have. Also have what looks like very nice picnic facilities.
    Written February 15, 2018
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  • PLan977
    Winter Garden, FL679 contributions
    We stopped here for coffee and some delicious pastries on the way to Volcanoes National Park. By 8:30 a.m. there was a line but it moved quickly.
    We loved it so much that we stopped again on the way back to Kona. We again had coffee and pastries. We also bought a few creme puffs to take along with a couple of sandwiches to have later.
    There are nice gardens and lots of table. There are also large clean bathrooms.
    On our second visit in the afternoon, a musician was playing and singing.
    A very pleasant stop with great service and delicious food.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Christopher S
    Winchester, VA52 contributions
    Amazingly friendly folks- that make you feel very welcome. They are very patient and accommodating while you sample the coffee and the macadamia nuts. It has a nice laid- back atmosphere
    Written March 30, 2022
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  • Brad R
    Portland, OR21 contributions
    The highlight of our trip to this charming little city. A very surprising store tucked away behind a closed grocery. Beautiful products and good service. Honey from a mile away
    Written June 28, 2021
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  • idyllwildgirl
    Honolulu, HI238 contributions
    Miranda’ Farm has a wonderful history and is a fantastic stop as you head around the Big Island toward Volcano or back to Kona. I ordered a Mocha coffee and it was the best one I’ve ever had. (I’m a coffee lover and it takes a lot to impress me). The coffee here is Kau coffee in the area of Kau. You can buy the coffee here and I wish I had purchased some! I also tried their chocolate chip cookie which also was excellent. There is a porch with several tables and chairs and a bar area for sitting overlooking the beautiful garden. I highly recommend this coffee shop! Aloha
    Written March 10, 2022
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