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South Point Park
S Point Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
View over South PointIn April 2011, I arrived on the Big Island, Hawai'i, which is known to have at least 10 different microclimates all within its 4,028 square miles.
I spent two weeks backpacking and hitchhiking through a variety of terrains and beaches, including the infamous green-sand and black-sand beaches.
During one of the nights along my journey, I camped on a cliff overlooking South Point; which can only be reached by maneuvering one of the Big Island's least traveled roads which spans 12 miles of magnificent scenery including long and impressive rows of wind turbines. This location is also known as "the southernmost point in the United States."
Watching the night sky at South Point was incredibly captivating—with the scene changing completely every few minutes as the strong and steady trade winds blew clouds across the landscape, sometimes completely obscuring the light from the full moon and shining stars, and other times revealing a surrealistic view of the clear night sky.
Here's a photo of the cliffside campsite just after sunrise.