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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. Located half-way between Volcano and Na'alehu on the southern portion of the Big Island of Hawaii. Black sand beaches are rare in the world and fascinating. Like white sand beaches the sand you find there is usually very fine and easy to walk on, if not too hot. Black sand is created either from the natural erosion of volcanic rock, or the instantaneous shattering of molten lava hitting cold seawater. These beaches can take literally thousands of years fo form or less than a year.

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