Red, black, green: Sand on Hawaiian beaches not just golden

February 3, 2015 3:50 PM

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KALAPANA, Hawaii (AP) — Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii's famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand — it's not always golden. You'll find black sand, red sand and even green sand across the island chain.

The Big Island, Maui and Molokai offer black sand beaches. Maui is home to a red beach, and the Big Island is home to a green beach, both rare and off the beaten path. While common golden sand is made up of small pieces of coral and seashells broken up by ocean waves over time, the more unusual colo...

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