Less of a hike and more of a walk will bring you to Papakōlea, or the Green Sand Beach. Some of the best sites on the Big Island of Hawaii require effort to get to them–that is part of what makes them unique.
Olivine Shimmers in the Sun at Green Sand Beach Hawaii
Green Sand Beach Shimmers in the Relentless Sun
Though the walk is not strenuous, the sun is relentless on the trail. Just when you start to wonder if you’ll ever get there, you see the green cove shimmer in the same harsh sun you most likely cursed at a few minutes earlier. Tiny olivine gemstones created by the volcano intermixed with sand to create this green beauty. Though inviting, the water is unpredictable here. Remember, it’s bad juju to take the sand or any lava so leave it where you found it. And no worry if you’re too tired to hike back, you can hitch a ride for a few bucks in one back of a local’s pick-up truck. They drive up and down the path picking up and dropping off the sun-drenched and exhausted. My tip, bring an umbrella. When you get to the cove and are ready to relax you will be glad you have some shade.