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Ka Lae (South Point)

  • South Point Rd. Map It
  • Naalehu
  • Historic District/Site

Published 01/20/2010

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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. It's isolated and without services.

  • Horses, Ka Lae, Kau, South Point, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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Sight Information


South Point Rd., off Mamalahoa Hwy. near mile marker 70, Naalehu, Hawaii, 96772, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 01/20/2010


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