Day 3 on the Big Island - South Point & The Green Sands Beach

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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.

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.

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Kamaoa Wind Farm - a wind powered …
Kamaoa Wind Farm - a wind powered…
Walking the dirt roads toward the …
Walking the dirt roads toward the…
The constant winds from the water …
The constant winds from the water…
South Point, HI
South Point, HI
The roads leading to Mohana Beach,…
The roads leading to Mohana Beach…
Id say this is a wash out.
I'd say this is a wash out.
The beautiful coastline of South P…
The beautiful coastline of South …
More vegetation at South Point.
More vegetation at South Point.
The shoreline was very rocky, caus…
The shoreline was very rocky, cau…
Thank ya Jesus!  Were finally her…
Thank ya Jesus! We're finally he…
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Steven getting his toes wet at Moh…
Steven getting his toes wet at Mo…
Mohana Green Sands Beach
Mohana Green Sands Beach
WHALES!  I thought I kept seeing p…
WHALES! I thought I kept seeing …
The grasses at South Point were en…
The grasses at South Point were e…
South Point, HI
South Point, HI
The ladder leading to the water at…
The ladder leading to the water a…
The cliffs at South Point.
The cliffs at South Point.
One of the few sunsets we had duri…
One of the few sunsets we had dur…
Humpback whales at the cliffs at S…
Humpback whales at the cliffs at …
The cliffs at South Point.
The cliffs at South Point.
The cliffs at South Point.  The ro…
The cliffs at South Point. The r…
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