The least-inhabited part of the island, Kaʻū has some incredible opportunities for outdoor adventures, usually with complete solitude. South Point, Ka Lae, is the southernmost point of the Hawaiian islands and the last stop until Antarctica. The ancestors of the current Hawaiians are said to have landed here initially more than a thousand years ago. The notoriously rough seas have carved a beautiful sea coast. One of the biggest attractions here is Papakōlea, a green sand beach.

Note that the hikes in Kahuku, a unit of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, are actually in this part of the island and can be visited much more easily when in this area.


The map below shows the locations of the hikes on the drop down menu above. You can also click the links below the map.

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Kaʻū Desert


Ka Lae, South Point

Papakōlea Beach, the Green Sand Beach

Honomalino Black Sand Beach