Hawaii Black Sand Beaches

Jackson Forsythe

Location of Hawaii

The Hawaiian beaches longitude and latitude are

    (19.8968° N, 155.5828° W.)

    The continent that it is located on is the Pacific Plate. Hawaii is apart of the fifty states of the U.S.

Classification: Active

The Majority of the Hawaiian beaches are active because the islands are sitting on massive magma chambers that are forming a chain of new islands over millions of years.


It is primary because its geological and volcanic.


  1. emergent - the process of coming into being or becoming prominent. The beaches are currently emergent but soon will be submergent.

  2. submergent- coastlines are stretches along the coast that have been inundated by the sea due to a relative rise in sea levels.


Since the islands are sitting on magma chambers, the islands are rising and creating new islands for Hawaii. It is not sinking because the islands are active.


Black sand beaches are black because many volcanic minerals and rocks are dark-colored. Common rock types of volcanic islands are basalt. which comes from Igneous rocks.The minerals that give black color to these rocks are predominantly pyroxenes and iron oxides.Black sand on Hawaii is generally heavy.

The curse of the black sand

Pele's Curse is the belief that anything natively Hawaiian, such as sand, rock, or pumice, will effect bad luck on whoever takes it away from Hawaii.