Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Papakolea Beach is a popular visitor attraction due to its unique green sand. One of just four green-sand beaches in the world, Papakolea Beach is carved into a 49,000-year-old cinder cone that’s part of the Mauna Loa volcano. The beach gets its green color from the green olivine crystals that wash out of the cinder cone.
Located at the South Point in the district of Kau, Papakolea Beach is situated in a remote and undeveloped stretch of the island. Unfortunately, the area is becoming severely damaged from visitors and residents illegally creating their own roads.