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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach simply dazzles due to green volcanic olivine crystals that blend with black and white sand. The 4.8-mile round trip hike to the beach does not make it the most accessible, but it is well worth the effort. Or catch a lift from locals with trucks and 4-wheel-drive vehicles that offer rides down, or up for a fee. Bring cash. Go early as there no shade and bring water. One of only four green sand beaches in the world, it is illegal to take any sand.

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