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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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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (47 reviews)
“favorite beach” (16 reviews)
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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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"beautiful beach"
in 47 reviews
"makalawena beach"
in 17 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 16 reviews
"lava rock"
in 20 reviews
"white sand"
in 19 reviews
"wear sneakers"
in 7 reviews
"the big island"
in 28 reviews
"kekaha kai state park"
in 6 reviews
"trees for shade"
in 5 reviews
"bumpy road"
in 7 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 8 reviews
"wheel drive"
in 16 reviews
"wild goats"
in 8 reviews
"mauna kea beach"
in 3 reviews
"hiking shoes"
in 4 reviews
"rough terrain"
in 3 reviews
"turtles swimming"
in 5 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a lovely area to visit and nice sights to see for the ride. I recommend a trip to take pics and stop along the way.

Thank GD64
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So this place is a little off the beaten path but so worth it. Absolutely gorgeous views. The sea turtles roam around the rocks, it's amazing. We would fill our cooler with food and beverage and stay out there all day. It's a little bit...More

1  Thank derekamoore69
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my absolute favorite beach on the Big Island. It's worth the drive over rough lava fields to the nearly private beach. If you want to make the trek further down to Maks you can, but why bother, when you can sit under the...More

Thank teomom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

14 years ago, we were the only ones on this beach until the Internet publicized this gem of a beach.

1  Thank sue7124
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Makalawena is a tough place to get to, requiring a local guide and bypassing several 'Beach Closed' signs. It is well worth it - you'll have one of the worlds most pristine beaches to yourself typically.

1  Thank Mitch V
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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

It's a beautiful beach, but make sure to bring a pair of sneakers. The road is rough, but the reward is so worth it. Also, it's not everyday that you get to meet one of these guys.

Thank luauMay11
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

Lots of lovely shade trees and fascinating tide pools. Sandy beach is steep, but lots of fun for kids to boogie board.

Thank Rockprincess
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Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

My family really enjoyed this beach, one of the best we have ever been to. It can be hard sometimes to find beaches in Hawaii that have shores not filled with sharp lava rocks, but Makalawena has a perfect sandy shore that is incredibly easy...More

2  Thank hannahroy97
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We had heard that "Maks" beach was the best on the island, and a favorite of locals, but I wasn't sure what distinguished it from any other. We drove the somewhat bumpy road up to Mahai'ula Beach tho, so we figured we might as well...More

Thank mrsvleek
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

After literally tens of hours of Big Island beach research, this was the beach I was most excited to visit with our family of 7 (kids ages 5-17). It did not disappoint. We visited in early May and it was incredible. We planned this beach...More

1  Thank n0ble220
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David S
January 31, 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
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Bert H
May 22, 2017|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
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William C
January 25, 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More
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