Renowned as the southernmost point in the United States and the likely place where the first Polynesians reached the Hawaiian Islands, South Point is in a National Historic District Landmark area. Ruins of heiau (temples), fishing shrines, and ancient canoe moorings are still present here. The South Point road intersection is 7 miles west of the town of Na‘alehu off of Hwy 11 (between mile-markers 69 and 70). Once on South Point road it’s approximately 20 miles to the end. The road is a single lane and the area is remote so bring whatever provisions you may need.
The cliff near South Point Park road is a mooring place for the local fisherman. The water can be crystal clear with views to the bottom but swimming is not recommended due to dangerous currents.
Photo by Peter Anderson