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Ka Lae (South Point)

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Updated 01/06/2014

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It's thought that the first Polynesians came ashore at this southernmost point of land in the United States, also a National Historic Landmark. Old canoe-mooring holes, visible today, were carved through the rocks, possibly by settlers from Tahiti as early as AD 750. To get here, drive 12 miles on the turnoff road, past rows of giant electricity-producing windmills powered by the nearly constant winds sweeping across this coastal plain. Bear left when the road forks, and

park in the lot at the end. Walk past the boat hoists toward the little lighthouse. South Point is just past the lighthouse at the southernmost cliff. You may see brave locals jumping off the cliffs and then climbing up rusty old ladders, but swimming here is not recommended. Don't leave anything of value in your car.

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South Point Rd., off Mamalahoa Hwy. at around mile marker 70, Kau, Hawaii, 96772, United States

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Updated 01/06/2014

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Jul 19, 2007

Must See Lookout Point!

A picturesque drive leads you down to the true Southern-most Point in the US, though not as touristy as the fake Southpoint in Key West, this is more special. Beautiful view, friendly locals, a great stop on the way to Volcano or the Green Sand Beach. (Which was amazing too!)

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May 8, 2007

Horrible!

Okay, so it's cool to say you were at the Southern Point of the U.S. But you should know in advance that it is a desolate, ugly place (rusted out barely working windmills, dangerous terrain, nothing to see, and supposed green sand beach there is not worth it at all). Also, the locals there are very unfriendly and even taunt visitors. You also see the occasional ridiculous "Free Hawaii" sign posted by some ignorant people who have obviously never

cracked open a history book to see how Hawaii became a State. I gave it a 5 for value because it's free. If you're on the Big Island for a limited time, don't waste it here.

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