Na'alehu is a thriving little town located in the heart of the southern region of the Big Island known as Ka'u. It has shops, a grocery, restaurants, a bake shop, coffee houses, and a gas station. If you happen to be there on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, you should stop into the Kau Farmers Market for local goodies. Not far from Naalehu is a major landmark called South Point
. There you'll find the southernmost patch of land in the USA. It's also considered the landing point for the first Polynesians who arrived in Hawaii and you'll find a heiau and other clues to early settlements there. The well-known Green Sand Beach
is a couple miles from South Point via rutted roads that are better to walk than drive. Whittington Beach Park
is nearby Naalehu and has easy access. It's a great park for picnicking and exploring the shore, but there is no sandy beach. If you want a sand, walk into Kawa Bay Beach
or drive to Punaluu Black Sand Beach
. Naalehu is a great stopping point if you are passing through the southern part of the Big Island and it's diverse beaches make it worth spending more time there.