Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 162 - Papakolea ("Green Sand") Beach

During our car ride to the southernmost point of the Big Island (and the United States) we not only discovered this special space where a more recent lava flow flew into an older, already overgrown lava flow area. We also re-discovered Kapa FM, the best radio channel for Hawaiian music. Fortunately they run 24 hours a day and have Internet streaming so that you can also enjoy Kapa FM anywhere at In the morning (Hawai'i time, i.e. when it is late evening in Europe) they play local favorites in what the call the "kanaka hour" (kanaka means human / man in Hawai'ian language).

Today's exercise was a walk to the Green Sand Beach. From the end of the (paved) road at South Point, it took us about 45 minutes to walk there. As my father had been there two times already, he advised us not to bring our snorkeling equipment - and it would have been hard to handle all that stuff. The walk brought us through ravines, over very old lava flows, and past mud puddles.

Green Sand Beach - The sand is actually not normal sand,
but a bunch of very small greenish glass pellets of volcanic origin.
There is a hefty 500 Dollars fine for taking "sand" from this beach
- if they catch you...  

How amazing this beach was! I've never swam in waves that large! Every tenth wave was so huge that you mostly had to duck under beneath. I didn't even care about the saltiness afterwards, it was just worth it. On our way back we made a stop at the place where the ancient Hawai'ian fishermen tied their canoes with ropes to the rocks. As the Big Island stands in 5000 meter deep ocean, there is very good deep sea fishing here - but the current is very strong and takes you directly to Antarctica - therefore the ties to the rocks. If you dare, you can jump of a platform ca. ten meters down into the sea - but we saw no-one venturing into the dangerous waters.

Sunset at Kona coast

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