Day 3 on the Big Island - South Point & The Green Sands Beach
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South Point, Hawaii (Hawaiian: Ka Lae) is the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii. It is also the most southern point in the United States of America, and is located at 18°54'38" North, 155°40'41" West. The area is designated as a National Historic Landmark District.
A 20-mile tarmac road South Point Road leads to South Point from Highway-11, the turn off being about 7-miles West of the village of Naalehu. From the end of the tarmac road, a series of dirt-tracks cross the area, leading most notably to the Green Sands Beach.
The vertical cliffs dropping into the ocean at south point make a popular fishing location. Also notable are large holes drilled vertically into the lava rock - these are ancient canoe moorings.
Visitors to the area will also notice the Kamaoa Wind Farm - a wind powered electricity generation farm consisting of 37 250 kW wind turbines, with a total peak output of 9.3MW, which typically delivers 15,000-MWh of power to the island electrical grid. Also notable are the large shortwave radio antennas of KWHR and a 13-metre parabolic antenna of the Universal Space Network.