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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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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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A nice secluded beach

Once you reach the beach walk about 300 meters to the right (if you're facing the waters). The beach gets way sandier and with lots of shade. It was among the best beaches we saw... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Once you reach the beach walk about 300 meters to the right (if you're facing the waters). The beach gets way sandier and with lots of shade. It was among the best beaches we saw on the Big Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Beautiful beach, nice view, clean, not full of people. If you don't wanna hike, it's necessary a 4 wells drive. But it's worth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Recently visited this beach, which requires a bumpy dirt road drive and about a 20 minute walk over lava rocks. Yes, the water is beautiful (but too rough to enter the day we were there), the sand is nice, and there are more locals than other beaches...but the secret is out! As we were walking back, the lava rock path... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

If you're sick of the tourist pack beaches or even just the slivers of sand beach, Makalawena is a must! This is only accessible by boat, hike, or 4x4, but I don't recommend 4x4 if you aren't experienced as it is pretty rough. The safer route would be to go to Mahai'Ula Beach (Kekaha Kai Park) and hike in from... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This places one oof the beaches you see if you are flying into Kona airport. From the plane it looks magical, but it is even better once you arrive to the water and stick your feet into the warm white sand. This romantic place is great for camping, bodyboarding, sun bathing, and watching the sunset. The road is a little... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

You drive down a very rough road to a parking lot. There is a beach (Kona Coast State Park) right there and then you walk further down the beach and walk about 20 minutes over very rough lava. I spend my entire vacations hiking and I have done some long hikes to get a payoff in the end. But, this... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Just read all the reviews and can't add anything different. YES, wear some type of shoe......my flip flops were not the best choice. Certainly worth the walk across the lava field.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is the first beach we visited on our recent trip to the big island. After bumping down the access road, we found the parking lot and headed north toward Makalawena. It took a bit of a search to identify the right trailhead heading north from behind the old abandoned building (beach house?), but once we found it the trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Makalawena is an incredibly beautiful beach but much more difficult to access -- requires a hardy four-wheel drive to take the shorter driving route there, otherwise plan to walk the 20-some minutes from the parking area (shoes needed). The hike in is worth the beautiful views, white sandy beach, the quietness (not nearly as crowded as other spots). Because it... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Little bit of a drive, but well worth it. Quiet, beautiful white sand beach. Escape the hustle and bustle of the hotel beaches and relax here!

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Address: 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
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona

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