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Best Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Black Sand Beach, Big Island, Hawaii.

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Papakōlea Beach (Green Sand Beach)

Green Sand Beach, Papakolea Beach, Big Island, Hawaii.

Papakōlea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach) is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only two green sand beaches in the World, the other being in Galapagos Islands. It gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine, found in the enclosing cinder cone.