Ka Lae

Ka Lae, Naalehu: Address, Ka Lae Reviews: 4.5/5

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2CanadianTravellers
Edmonton, Canada723 contributions
You're on Native Land - the Southern Most Point in USA.
Feb. 2020
Ka Lae is towards the end of South Point Road in Naalehu on the Big Island. It is on native land, there is no signage that says Ka Lae. You drive south on South Point Road off Hwy 11, before you see a cardboard sign on the road that says "Green Sand Beach shuttle," there is a black paved road to turn right, you follow the road, and you will see trucks parked along the cliffs where people fish or jump into the ocean. We saw a man catch a good size barracuda. Ka Lae is a must see while you are on the Big Island.
Written 6 March 2020
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Alinschen
Hennigsdorf, Germany62 contributions
Southest Point of the United States
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Have been there before and it was nice with traditional Heiau sports but now it's just a touristy area with people who disrespect the Heiau and it's more a spot for drinking and smoking.
Written 12 December 2019
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Chelsea
Renton, WA76 contributions
We were there on a calm day
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Come here to do some epic cliff jumping!
Really calm and clear water when we went. Super safe! Yes there are signs saying that it's not, but literally there were a huge group of white people (us included) jumping. Sometimes when you go to cliff jumping spots and you see these young Hawaiian boys jumping you just feel kinda, incompetent. Like, oh this is probably difficult cause they are doing it. But not here! Locals and tourists alike all jump. I would have too but we had a tight schedule to stick to. When you jump, do it off the wooden plank. Not the huge one next to the metal ones...go more to the left and use that one. Then once you're in you can swim to the cove on the left to get out. WAYYY easier than climbing that ladder back up. At least that's what my husband said-he jumped. No one in the big group that was there used the ladder to get back out.
Written 15 September 2019
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cctkMiller
Vancouver, WA259 contributions
Since I was...
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Like many, as far back as I can remember I've wanted to visit this spot. The weather and timing was perfect as we caught this at sunset, driving down with a cooler, some snacks and drinks just relaxing on the rocks.
If you're on the island and have the opportunity, not just to hit the southernmost point but to catch an incredible sunset, Ka Lae is a great place to do so.
Written 8 April 2019
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mjhoug
Minneapolis, MN108 contributions
Go so you can say you’ve been to the southernmost point in the US
Jan. 2019 • Couples
I can now say I’ve been 1000 miles south of LA and 500 miles south of Miami. It was very windy down there and the waves were crashing into the jagged lava banks. There were quite a few people fishing (successfully!) when we visited. The water looked so beautiful. We didn’t see anyone jumping off into the water although we had read about it - and heard of some tragic stories from the locals. You drive by a wind farm on the way to south point and once you get out of the car you understand why it’s there. The restroom facilities were not good on the day we visited.
Written 6 February 2019
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Tim C
Twin Falls, ID226 contributions
Windy, spooky and beautiful
Dec. 2018 • Solo
This is a must see kinda place, prolly the most unusual attraction on the island. Wind swept , lava cliffs, blue violent ocean, spooky height. A guy was fishing for tuna out there. Another guy was jumping into a hole and getting washed out to sea. Crazy. You won't forget this place.
Written 9 December 2018
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Robert L
Washington DC, DC323 contributions
Bucket List Item?
Nov. 2018 • Couples
have visited the southern most point of the United States. Great views and 2 blow holes that can spew surf over 20 feet under the right conditions.
Written 29 November 2018
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Michael V
Saint Louis, MO564 contributions
Stunning Beauty at the southernmost point in the US… deep blue water and crashing waves.. amazing!
Jul. 2018 • Family
Stunning Beauty at the southernmost point in the US… deep blue water and crashing waves.. amazing!

We visited Hawaii for our summer vacation in 2018 - the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai.

On our third day, we explored their south side of the Big Island, visiting Kona Joe’s coffee farm, visiting South Point (Ka Lea), and seeing Punalu’u Black Sand State Beach / Park.

As we planned our trip, I knew I wanted to visit the southern tip of the Big Island because it’s the southern-most point in all of the USA. We used the “Hawaii Revealed” books (paper and now digital in their app) to learn more and they really shared much about Ke Lae - how the native Hawaiians have historically fished there, but the currents are strong and there is nothing between there and Antarctica... how the Hawaiians used ropes to help pull the fishing boats back in... how and where to park, etc.

So we went on our second full day and were utterly amazed at the beauty.

When you first arrive and park you are at an area that is 30 or so feet above the water, which is a beautiful deep blue. Many people were safely jumping in the water there. Some people were fishing there. It was nice and calm, though breezy.

Then, walk about a quarter mile east and the land slopes a bit down toward the water and then you are at lava rocks that are being crashed upon by the waves... also beautiful... yet so different in so short of a distance.

I could have stayed here all day, but we also wanted to visit the Black Sand Beach, so we enjoyed South Point as long as we could.

If we could do this again, we’d plan to be there a little longer, just taking in the surf and the scenery. We’d likely pack more than just a snack... maybe picnic toward the water or at the car in the parking lot.

There is a port-a-potty there, too.

There is a space near parking where our daughter and I enjoyed kicking her soccer ball... at the southernmost point in the US. : )

South Point is about 11 miles south of the main loop road on the Big Island... and you can see that road from a distance and it’s easy to get there.

As you drive that southern road you pass through farms with cows and horses. We stopped to see three horses on the drive back home... they were beautiful and friendly... though we kept a safe distance.

You can also see one of the places in the world where they track astronauts and satellites... it’s about halfway between the belt road and Ka Lea, on the eastern side of the road... two satellite dishes pointing skyward atop two tall poles.

And finally, there is a honey farm, the country’s southernmost honey farm, a mile or two before South Point... unfortunately we arrived there after they were closed for the day.

We highly recommend visiting South Point... after the Lava Boat ride, this was my favorite spot on the Big Island.

Thanks to Hawaii Revealed for their insights about Ka Lea!
Written 13 October 2018
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Harry
Linz, Austria201 contributions
South Point in Big Island
Mar. 2018 • Couples
From my point of view, this is a secret spot without tourists! If you love nature, cliffs and the ocean, this is the place to go!
Written 13 August 2018
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