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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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CLEAR WATER & WHITE SAND BEACHES !

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... read more

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

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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Vancouver, Canada
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

few people, need 4 wheel drive. photograhy bonanza, not photoshop needed. 3 white sand beaches of such stunning beauty everybody on the mainland will hate you for the pictures that you take. be sure to catch the sunset! bring lots of water and lotion, it is a walk from the parking area, well worth it. the most beautiful beaches on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This beach is simple to find, easy to access (only 100m from the parking lot) and has washrooms and shower nearby. Bring lots of sun screen, shirt and a hat as there are only 2-3 small trees around

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A bit of a hike to get to the actual beach, but the sand and water, once you are there was well worth it!

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Sherwood, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

beautiful white sand beach just north of the airport. Quite and not crowded, it was worth the 30 minute walk from the parking area. Wear good shoes and pack in your food and water

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