South Point cliffs, Hawaii 1980

Childs, Iraphne R. (1980) South Point cliffs, Hawaii 1980. [Image]

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South Point (Ka Lae), on the Puna coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, is the southernmost point of the USA. High cliffs formed when lava flows from Kilauea volcano reached the sea. The confluence of ocean currents offshore provide rich fishing grounds. It is believed that the first Polynesians to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands landed here between 400 and 800 AD. The ruins of heiau (temples), fishing shrines and other cultural vestiges found here and the entire South Point area are registered as a National Historical Landmark.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: coasts; cliffs; lava
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiKauSouth Point (Ka Lae)
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