Papakolea Beach or what is commonly referred to as Green Sand Beach is located near South Point, in the Kau district of the island of Hawaii. One of only four green sand beaches in the world (Guam, Galapagos Islands and Norway). The beach gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine, found in the enclosing cinder cone.
On Highway 11 between the 69 and 70 mile markers, find the signed South Point road. Follow this road 12 miles and stay to the left where you will arrive at a parking area. Locals offer four-wheel drive rides out to the green sand beach for $15 per person round trip or you can choose to hike out to the beach, 2.5 to 3 miles one way. If you have your own four-wheel drive vehicle you can drive out to the beach but be aware that the land owner, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, has attempted to restrict access with little success.