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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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Ranked #3 of 35 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors

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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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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Franklin, Wisconsin
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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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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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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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