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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

Address: Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 8016730220
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Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We took both routes to this beach, the (1) long walk and the (2) bumpy road. If you're in a car, I would turn in at mile marker 89, drive the semi-paved and slightly bumpy road then walk for 30 minutes. Look on google maps and you will see the lava field you have to walk across. It's slightly longer... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Scenic beach with fine white sand, great waves for boogie boarding, and nice shady trees. It is one of my favourite beaches in Hawaii - just beautiful!

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Clearwater, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Spectacular setting, uncrowded when we were there. Great surf for boogie boards, but a bit of a current to watch for as well as some rocky bits. Water is crystal clear. Beach is fine white sand. Whales and turtles to view... Access is down a rough road to the trailhead, then a walk over the Laval beds. If you have... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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105 reviews 105 reviews
28 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The guidebooks and some reviews list this beach as being rather remote and undiscovered. While it's still quiet by non-Hawaii standards, it's become quite popular, especially among the locals, i.e. on weekends. In fact, most people bypassed the first Mahaliua Bay beach and continued on down the lava trail to Makalawena. Also, the 4WD track at the north end is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

When the sea is calm, this is totally worth the 30 min hike. It is quite beautiful, and there is no people (except on December 25: plenty of people on that day! :) ). However, when the sea is not very calm, it will not be easy (or safe) to swim, only boogie-boarding perhaps.

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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

One of our family's favorites. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. It can be a long, hot hike over sharp lava to get there, but it is so well worth it. In fact I hesitate to share since the seclusion is one of the attractions. However it has become much more popular in recent years. As others have... More 

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seattle, wa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Other reviewers have detailed the challenging road and lava trail. The payoff is a sparsely used sugary white sand beach with glorious wave action. Beautiful for surfing and boogie boarding and just generally enjoying the rhythm of the water. Do keep an eye on the waves though because they can build quickly. Just lovely and worth the time and energy... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This Beach is gorgeous. We drove a 2wd slowly out there. The scenery is quite eery with all the lava rocks but oh when you get to the end it's beautiful. Sand, trees, shade turquoise water! Well worth it!

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Bend, Oregon
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70 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is an adventure. Wow what beautiful turquoise water, it's mesmerizing. The sand is so soft. The snorkeling is fair to good but advanced be careful if surf is up. We've been to the Big Island many trips to Hawaii and this a picture perfect beach. Getting there makes it all part of the adventure. You take the bumpy road... More 

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Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We took our 2 wheel drive GM vehicle down the terrible dirt road to the parking area for this beach. Yes, our car made it but it was rough so very slow going. We then headed north on the trail. There are several cove areas with shade but we kept going until and came across a sand dune area until... More 

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