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“Beautiful beach but the walk is a killer!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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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“Beautiful beach but the walk is a killer!”
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.

Visited July 2014
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“drive the north pass, be warned”
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 are a city person, or someone who never aggressively offroads, take the main road in, and walk.

once there, again greeted with amazing views, white soft sand, amazing water. however, it was crazy windy. with the wind, this find floury sand sticks to everything, and everywhere. so we had to leave a bit earlier than wanted.
so with leaving earlier, means hitting that trail again. going out is tougher than going in. be warned. walk in from the south, you may be time ahead anyways

Visited April 2014
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Franklin, Wisconsin
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“Best Beach Ever.....”
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 it! Never packed with people and private!

Visited March 2014
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Barnegat Light, New Jersey
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“one of the best beaches ever”
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!

Visited March 2014
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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“Local Spot!”
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 clear blue waters. Snorkeling is a must!
There's a hiking trail that leads from Kona Coast State Park into Makalawena. Be sure to take what you need and water, this will take awhile. No Bathrooms! Its worth the walk for sure. Being a Native Hawaiian this need be SAID, Take Care of our beautiful Beach's as we share its beauty with you! WE ARE WATCHING.
Have Fun!

Visited May 2013
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