Hawaii Koa Naturals

Ka Lae (South Point)

When visitors arrive at South Point on the Big Island, most sense immediately that somehow this is a special place. Clear blue waters crash against the fifty foot high basalt cliffs. The ocean is tempestuous, the wind forceful, and the isolation nearly complete. Somewhere along South Point, the first Polynesian voyagers landed in Hawaié─˘i, calling it Ka Lae, or é─˙the pointé─¨. It is the southernmost point of all the fifty states. The turbulent converging currents offshore run very deep close to shore, and provide attractive feeding grounds to a variety of fish. Yellowfin tuna, one of the best gamefish in Hawaiian waters, appear seasonally around the islands to feed, and can be found in large schools directly off South Point. The ancient Hawaiians quickly discovered this, and built the Kalalea Heiau, a temple dedicated to fishing right on the cliffé─˘s edge. Because of the strong offshore currents, the Hawaiians carved holes into the rock ledge, and fed ropes through them so their canoes could be tied to the shore while fishing. Some of these holes are still visible near the boat hoists at the cliffs.

For non-fishermen, South Point offers spectacular panoramic views of the coastline and good beachcombing among the piles of debris the ocean deposits in the numerous coves and inlets. Three miles east, through a dry and grassy plain, lies the Green Sand Beach. Here an entire cindor cone of olivine (a semi-precious green gemstone) collapsed into a little bay and has been reduced into polished sand by the pounding surf. The wind is always blowing here and one can see the Kamoa Wind Farm. Those who have been here speak of the strange whirring sound of the windmills and delight at seeing the trees here which are all wind-blown in the same direction.

Enjoy viewing our South Point Collection, a unique and changing group of wooden vessels created from logs washed ashore at South Point, on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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South Point Collection