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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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Ranked #5 of 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this beach if you are a true beach lover. The hike there is ok, if you're lucky you'll see the goats! It's magic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Like other reviewers mentioned, it is a beach you need to work for to get there, but the reward is a breath taking, all natural, secluded beach with a long stretch of creaming white sand and clear water. Don't be deterred by the "hike". It's not a hike, it's a walk. A walk on nothing but black, crumbles, rough, lava... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

By far the most beautiful white sand beach on the island. Be prepared for treacherous off-road driving and a decent hike to get there. If you're in for the haul, though, you'll be rewarded with a private and pristine beach.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a nice hidden beach that doesn't get a lot of traffic due to the rough road leading into the park. It is worth it to forge on down though as there aren't many people there. Also, if you have a Jeep, take the 4x4 trail to the southwest to get to the black sand beach.

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you don't mind a 20 minute car ride over a very rough lava field in your rental car and then a 20 minute hike to get there then you are in for a serious treat. This remote beach wedges in between two 100 year old lava flows and is one of the nicest beaches I have ever been on.... More

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Pacific NW
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We spent the day at Mahai'ula Bay and decided to walk up to see Makalawena to see how long of an extra hike it would be and see if it would be worth packing our "beach stuff" up. It took us about 15 minutes from the water tower on Mahai'ula. The path was rough, but all 3 of us did... More

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

One of my favorite beaches on the island. A bit of a hike to get to, but well worth it! Bring in lots of water if you plan on staying here for a good part of the day, you wouldn't want to be hiking back and forth between your car and the beach.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We first visited Makalawena Beach in September 2013 and we loved it so much we went back again in January 2014. In addition to our original review (copied and pasted below), we have one recommendation to add: buy a beach umbrella at Target before coming here so that you will have shade. Even better, buy one of the beach umbrella... More

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This beach is drive on a the rough 1 mile road off Hwy 19 then 1.4 mile walk over a lava road and then a lava field and then sand dunes. It was the most beautiful beach we visited but be warned, you need incredibly sturdy shoes. Some shoe bottoms will be destroyed.

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Cold praries in Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

we have been here a few times, loved it, but always walked in from the south. this time around, rented a wrangler, and thought we'd try the north route. well be warned, this trail is a beast. I navigated it no issues, some balancing spots, but did it. I also drive offroad for a living and didn't mind. If you... More

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