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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” (46 reviews)
“lava rock” (20 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 46 reviews
"makalawena beach"
in 17 reviews
"lava rock"
in 20 reviews
"white sand"
in 19 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 15 reviews
"wear sneakers"
in 7 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
"the big island"
in 27 reviews
"hiking shoes"
in 4 reviews
"bring water"
in 6 reviews
"rough terrain"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days 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.

Thank Mitch V
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 17 May 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 16 May 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 12 May 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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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

The fact that so many don't make the hike is why you should do it. Beautiful beach with small crowds. Waves were really intense the day we visited, but I'm told this is unusual. Take a lunch and have a picnic after time your in...More

1  Thank CP M
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Another hike in and you'll have it to yourself place. Well very uncrowded anyway. 20 minute lava hike gets you to this wonderful beach with surf, snorkeling, rainbows and sunsets. We visited multiple times and had a great experience every time.

Thank everlast64
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

If you can find it you pretty much have three gorgeous beaches to yourself especially on a weekday. Not for swimming except if super calm waters.

Thank red4x4
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

A beautiful spot to make a stop and go for a quick swim. Some amazing views. Very tranquil. Just kick back and relax.

Thank Jens K
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David S
1 February 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
22 May 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
26 January 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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