Kings Landing Hawaii – Travel Photo Mondays #4

Travel Photo Monday


Kings Landing Hawaii – Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling

Today, let’s go visit another beautiful area in East Hawaii, one of my favorite beaches is called Kings Landing in the Puna District. I’ve only been to this beach once since it is on private property and access through the shoreline an extremely difficult four-hour hike in one direction. The reason it’s a special place because of the green sand interspersed along the rocky beach. The green sand is composed of olivine crystals which develop from erosion of basalt lava flows and end up along the shorelines due to its heavier weight to black lava rock. It is a common mineral found in lava formations and is one of the first crystal to start forming once the hot magma starts to cool off. In Hawaii these crystals are also called ‘Hawaiian diamonds’ by the locals in the area.



Kings Landing


The sheltered bay is a favorite spot for sea life including green honu (turtles) and the rare Hawaiian monk seal. Known to the native Hawaiians as ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or “dog that runs in rough water,” the seals find refuge in the little lagoon fronting the beach with little intrusion from human activity.



Kings Landing





Kings Landing

Many coconuts trees with fresh coconuts available for the picking


In the late afternoon light, the sun actually makes the olivine glow into a more metallic green-gold color which is quite dramatic and beautiful to see. Here is a better detail shot of the green crystals below, gorgeous don’t you think?


Kings Landing

Green sand crystal between the lava rocks




Kings Landing

Black lava rock with green sand made of olivine crystals

Thanks so much for coming to visit Travel Photo Mondays and visiting this beautiful green sand beach in East Hawaii. Come and enjoy some of these other bloggers from around that world showing you some beautiful imagery.


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30 Responses to Kings Landing Hawaii – Travel Photo Mondays #4

  1. essential travel December 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I have master some terrific goods right here. Definitely cost social bookmarking pertaining to returning to. My partner and i amaze simply how much work you place to make this kind of magnificent beneficial web site.

  2. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs July 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Great idea Noel! I will be coming back every week 🙂

  3. eden July 24, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    Hi, Noel! It has been a long time since my last visit here. Your photos always amazed me. You take good photos always.

    • Noel July 24, 2013 at 6:17 am #

      Hi Eden,

      Thanks for the nice comments, please come join us for the next Travel photo Mondays, it runs the whole week!

  4. Jessica July 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Such lovely big skies and beautiful colors. Thanks for the linkup!

    • Noel July 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Hi Jessica, thanks for linking up, I loved your photo essay, it was beautiful!

  5. pattisj July 23, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    What a blessing to be able to do what you love. Beautiful photos. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. lynn July 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Beautiful shots! What a place.

  7. lifeimagesbyjillharrison July 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I am enjoying the tour of Hawaii you are taking us on. I haven’t been there, but friends have and really enjoyed it.

  8. Rajesh July 22, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Beautiful and scenic.

  9. Emille (Jesh StG) July 22, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Hawaii has been since long on my travel list! But it’s competing with Europe and Asia…. Particularly interested in the volcano’s there (because I’m itching to paint a painting of that).
    Thanks for visiting my post earlier:)

  10. jill July 22, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Beautiful!! Hawai’i (Big Island) is my fave of hawaiian islands… doesn’t matter how many times we’ve been (4 times and counting) there seems to be new spots to explore.

  11. Sally July 22, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Noel,

    Oops, you forgot to link in to Blue Monday. Please place a link to Blue Monday on your post so that others can find us. Then return to link in again with Mr. Linky. You can find the code when you click on the blue bird located in my sidebar.


  12. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans July 22, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I wish I could be there right now exploring and carefully walking over lava rocks. The green sand is quite unique!

  13. foodiesleuth July 22, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I’ve been to Papakolea (Green Sand Beach) near Ka Lae (South Point) but did not realize there was another ‘green sand beach’ on the East side of the island! Mahalo, Noel!

    • Noel July 22, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      Yes it’s part of the Watamuill estate next to the shipman properties

  14. Cathy Sweeney July 22, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Beautiful shots and a nice education about the green sand crystals. I’ve never seen that anywhere. Would be lovely to take a walk along that beach.

  15. Cathy at Wives with Knives July 22, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    Oh my, what a beautiful place. Definitely worth the hike required to reach it. It has been years since I have been to Hawaii and I hope to return some day. Your photos are a lovely way to start the week.

  16. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin July 22, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    I love all of your beautiful images. That sand is amazing! Take care – Dawn

  17. Stephanie July 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Beautiful memories of King’s Landing on Big Island. Mahalo nui for the photos. Shared on FB, tweeted, pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

  18. My Own Travels July 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Joining your meme for the first time. You take great pictures. I hope to visit hawaii in the future.

  19. Sonel July 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    It’s so beautiful there Noel. Great shots and thanks for sharing. 😀

  20. Marilyn Armstrong July 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m definitely in a “take me away to Hawaii” mood. It looks so peaceful. Sigh.


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