Black Sand Beach at Pololu Valley - Curiosity Trek - Hawaii

Pololu Valley

We drove down highway 270, the Akoni Pule Highway to the very end where there is a parking area for Pololu Valley. It is a very narrow canyon that is unbelievably lush and tropical. You could look down to an incredible black sand beach. Continue reading

Green Sands Beach - Curiosity Trek - Hawaii

Green Sands Beach

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. The others are in Guam, the Galapagos Islands and Norway.

The sand is green because it is made of olivine or peridot sand, a mineral containing iron and magnesium. The ferrous iron is what makes it green.

The green sand is eroded from the southwest rift of the Mauna Loa volcano. The volcano also has pyroxene and other ash, rock and lava, but the olivine has higher density, so it accumulates on this beach. The other minerals are washed away. Continue reading

Anaeho’omalu Bay

Beach with black lava, white coral and black & white sand - Curiosity Trek - Hawaii

Beach with black lava, white coral and black & white sand

Wednesday we explored around the resort. We had gotten in from the Volcano very very late, so we slept in. We went over to Anaeho’omalu Bay, which is just called “A-Bay.” I found out where people are getting all of the white to write on the lava. (People lay white coral on the black lava to write things.) The sand is black and white. I got some for my friend Beth, who collects sand. Continue reading