Papakolea Green Sand Beach
South Point Road, Naalehu, Big Island, Hawaii

You know about white sand beaches, black sand beaches and maybe even salt and pepper beaches. But a green sand beach? Nope, it isn’t a whimsical invention of Dr. Seuss, there are actually two (and only two) green sand beaches in the entire world, and the Big Island is home to one of them. The half-circle shaped beach is actually the tip of Pu’u Mahana, an ancient cinder cone volcano, and the unusual hue is the result of a semi-precious mineral called olivine (which, obviously, gets its name from its olive-green tint) which the sea has battered into sand grains. The beach itself is a little-visited area, owing to the fact that a two-mile trek and cliff descent is required to get down to it. But those up to the task will, no doubt, be rewarded with a rare and wonderful sight.

Big Island, Hawaii Tourist Attractions
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Anaehoomalu Bay
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
Dolphin Quest
Giant Cowboy Boot
Hapuna Beach
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Historic Kailua Village
Honokohau Harbor Beach
Hulihee Palace
Kahaluu Beach Park
Kamaee Falls
Kaumana Caves
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Kekaha Kai State Park
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lava Covered Road
Leleiwi Beach Park
Liliuokalani Gardens
Lyman Museum
Mauna Kea Beach
Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
Nani Mau Gardens
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Palace Theatre
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Pololu Valley Lookout
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
Pua Mau Place
Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Rainbow Falls
Sadie Seymour Botanical Garden
Star of the Sea Painted Church
Steamvent Guesthouse
Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Thurston Lava Tube
Tiny St. Peter's Catholic Church
Turtles at Honaunau Bay
Umauma Falls
Volcanoes National Park
Waikaumalo Park
Waikola Petroglyph Preserve
Waipio Valley Lookout
White Sands Beach
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World Botanical Gardens

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