Sunken roads near South Point

Sunken roads near South Point

Not far from South Point, the most southerly tip of the Big Island and the United States, is a green sand beach, which I’ve posted about here.

The beach is 2.5 miles from the parking lot and, if you don’t want to walk, locals will drive you there ($20 is the current fee I think) in an assortment of trucks of dubious-looking pedigree. One problem with this practice is that it has generated a warren of deep, rutted routes in the sandy soil. Erosion is a problem. Sand is swept into the ocean when it rains and when the wind blows, both of which happen often and in strength.

The county is looking into ways to mitigate these problems, which could include regulating these unofficial taxis or banning them altogether. However, before anything happens, studies will be needed along with public forums to discuss the issue. These will result in an unacceptable proposal that requires further consideration. It’s entirely possible that, by the time action is taken, South Point will no longer be the most southerly tip of either the Big Island or the United States.

6 thoughts on “Sunken roads near South Point

  1. Terri Webster Schrandt

    The Big Island is an ever changing landscape, so I guess it’s inevitable this beach will change, especially with all the changing weather patterns! My daughter visited here a few years ago and recommended the visit, but we haven’t made it there yet. The green sand is quite amazing!

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  2. Susanne Swanson

    I’d love to see that Green Sand Beach someday but I wouldn’t want to make the hike nor the drive. Alas, I shall have to stick to the pictures. But at least I can get to my favorite Black Sand Beach – Punalu’u easily! 🙂

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    1. Graham Post author

      One would like to think so, but I suspect rules and regulations will put an end to most of that. On the other hand, the process could take years so the status quo will likely rule for a fair while.

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