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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 49 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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Cold praries in Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Franklin, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Living on the big island, we spent our first new years there. I trecked across the old lave fields in flip flops until we arrived at the white sands and green ivy dunes.....it was truly the most beautiful beach I have been to. Be careful on the treck there, I recommend better shoes since it is sharp, but well worth... More

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Barnegat Light, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

if you're up for the hike, go all the way to Makalawena, well worth it. Wear good shoes, flipflops will be inadequate, and bring water!

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Born and raised on the Big island, Makalawena is a true local spot. Hidden by trails, and a 4wd road off the Highway makes this spot exclusive. The passage way once known by word of mouth is now in exposed in books such as Big Island Revealed. This is a gorgeous stretch of beach features white sandy hills and crystal... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Yes, its a drive and a hike regardless, so buck up, and enjoy. Its Paradise! Pack it in haul it out. No bathrooms or showers, or noisy highways or golf course hotels to clutter up, and funk up this place made by the gods. I've walked it alone, and with young kids from the state park beach. Not much shade... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This a great beach to go by hiking through a lava field. White sand blue waters and hardly nobody there

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Hood River, Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This beach is beautiful and worth the hike for our family - one of the favorite activities we did on our trip. We have 3 kids (ages 8, 6 and 3) who all hiked it with us. It took us 45 minutes each way b/c we needed to go slower with the kids. You hike over lava rock and sand... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Almost don't want to share to keep this beach a secret. Take the road down across the lava rock field to park, yes it is rough and you have to go slow but we did it in a little focus with no issues. Walk over to the beach, across the sand by the house and through the trees to the... More

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Boulder, CO
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This beach requires a one hour hike from the road or a 20 min. hike from the parking area but it is well worth it. The beach has white sand, easy surf, and no people. We snorkles here and saw all sorts of sea creatures. Take a pinic and relax here for the entire day. Save some energy for the... More

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Bend, Oregon
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44 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Wow what a nice spot. Yes it is a hike across 1 mile of lava path, but it level, not hard walking and it is worth it. Lovely water, sand, quiet with only a few hardy souls. It can be hot on the walk back so save some water. Try it at least once if you get the chance. Enjoy.

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