|Green Sand Beach or Papakolea Beach or Mahana Beach, Big Island, Hawaii|
It was a hike to reach Papakolea. You can also hitch a ride with some locals providing some paid rides to the beach, but we opted to walk. The beach is carved in a 49,000 year old cinder cone from the Mauna Loa volcano that contains green crystals called olivines.
This beach has three names: 1) Papakolea beach after the kolea bird often seen behind the beach; 2) Mahana beach after the cinder cone responsible for the green color of the beach; and 3) Green Sand Beach.
This post is my submission for Skywatch Friday.