Fodor's Expert Review Ka Lae (South Point)

Kau and Ka Lae Historic District/Site
Horses, Ka Lae, Kau, South Point, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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.

Historic District/Site Park (National/State/Provincial) Free

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South Point Rd.
Naalehu, Hawaii  96772, USA

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