South Point

Trek down to the southernmost point of the United States

Ka Lae, or South Point, represents the southernmost point of the Big Island, as well as the state of Hawaii and the United States. 

The wind-whipped coastline is a destination spot for fishing and is most likely the location of first contact by Polynesian voyagers that eventually settled the Islands generations ago. 

The brief hike is flat, however hot and dry conditions suggest hikers should be prepared with plenty of water. 

Visitors can gaze upon Kalalea Heiau, an ancient shrine dedicated to fishing, as well as carved out salt pans and canoe moorings utilized by native Hawaiians who relied on the ocean to feed their villages.