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Green Sands Beach (Papakolea)

This beach, which was formed during an earlier eruption of Mauna Loa, is made up of green-colored Olivine crystals that are formed when conditions are right during volcanic eruptions. The beach is not accessible by two wheel drive vehicle and requires those accessing its unique beauty must endure a bumpy four-wheel-drive road or a three-mile hike along the shoreline from the parking area at South Point. The landscape of the surrounding area is otherworldly and the beach is nestled in a volcanic cinder cone creating the impression of a lunar beach experience. Ocean conditions can be dangerous and no lifeguards are stationed so approach with caution.

 

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