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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Beautiful beach

We spent several hours playing and relaxing at Makalawena. We parked at the local state park area... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
CoffeeandSuhi
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Puget Sound
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Beautiful beach and perfect for snorkeling

We saw Hawaiian monk seal and turtles! Perfect spot for snorkeling. I got to swim with a turtle... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
HM1212
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San Francisco, California
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  • Average3%
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“beautiful beach” (42 reviews)
“sand dunes” (9 reviews)
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Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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"beautiful beach"
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"makalawena beach"
in 16 reviews
"sand dunes"
in 9 reviews
"lava rock"
in 17 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 14 reviews
"actual beach"
in 6 reviews
"wear shoes"
in 6 reviews
"kekaha kai state park"
in 6 reviews
"trees for shade"
in 5 reviews
"wheel drive"
in 17 reviews
"rough road"
in 8 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 8 reviews
"wild goats"
in 8 reviews
"mauna kea beach"
in 3 reviews
"the big island"
in 26 reviews
"turtles swimming"
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"access road"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent several hours playing and relaxing at Makalawena. We parked at the local state park area then trekked in. It took us 30 minutes to get from our car to the beach, including over the a’a lava trail, but as others have said, very...More

Thank CoffeeandSuhi
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We saw Hawaiian monk seal and turtles! Perfect spot for snorkeling. I got to swim with a turtle which was literally a foot away. I had to be careful so that the turtle doesn’t come too close to me. Many fish between the corals and...More

Thank HM1212
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a four wheel drive van and had a driver with nerves of steel.The ride crunching over and dropping up and down over the lava fields had some of our party getting out to walk—it was that intense! I wouldn’t recommend it for the...More

Thank Judy R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an awesome time swimming at this beach with the turtles despite my sister getting urchin spines in her foot. Definitley wear swimming shoes here as the urchin are plenty and unforgiving. Our kids had an absolute blast in the surf watching the huge...More

Thank Erik B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite Big Island beach. It’s a bit of a hike but oh so worth it. It’s a beautiful white sand beach with the most intensely blue water. Be sure to bring supplies and water but not to heavy of a load because...More

Thank Liz J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wear tennis shoes! The trail has small lava rocks and it is a bit of a walk, but worth the effort! The more secluded beaches are worth the walk, beautiful turquoise water. The day we were there the surf was great for boogie boarding and...More

Thank lola750
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Trust me. Stop at the first beach you see. Otherwise you’re in for a long walk over pointy rocks and soft impossible sand. The Makalawena Beach is clear but there’s no shade and it’s definitely far from isolated. We didn’t think it was worth the...More

1  Thank AeroDDD
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Ok, so know that you have to drive a ways in off the highway. You will encounter a very rough road and should make sure it is ok for your Rental Car. You can go straight into the park/beach. Go early, 10ish. We usually park...More

2  Thank Jazzed51
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Makalawena is quite a hike across hot, barren lava fields. On our second and third visits to that area, we opted to stay at the Kekaka Hai beach area, which has a couple of beautiful beaches, many turtles, some shade and good swimming. All these...More

Thank Travellinghawk777
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

This is definitely in our Top 10 of beaches to visit while on the Big Island. Each beach is unique and there are different reasons to love each one of them. What we love about this beach is it is secluded and uncrowded. A great...More

7  Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
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David S
1 February 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
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Bert H
22 May 2017|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
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William C
26 January 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More
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