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“Best free fourth of July on the island if you really want to meet and have fun with locals.”

Kekaha Kai State Park
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Birmingham, Alabama
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Best free fourth of July on the island if you really want to meet and have fun with locals.”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Great food, games, fun lots of kids, ethnic and Hawaiian music and dancing, meeting people who remember Pearl Harbor (mostly ladies), wonderful old Korean war vets, and the most spectacular fireworks display ever. Get your lazy butt out of that resort hotel and some spend some of the best out-of-comfort-zone that you will ever have.

Visited July 2013
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Des Moines, Washington
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“fairly nice beach but often rough waters”
Reviewed 7 June 2013

We've been here a number of times over the years. The beach is nice, lots of shade. The snorkeling is pretty good, lots of turtles around, however the waves can be fierce and getting in and out of the water can be challenging. There is a pretty strong undertow here, so be extra careful. I don't recommend for little kids, unless it's very calm. The road out here is a LOT better than it used to be, although it is still pretty primitive in places. Take it slow and easy.
If you want to see a REALLY beautiful beach, go to the north end of the beach and follow the trail over the a' a field to the next beach, called Makalawena. It takes 20-30 grueling minutes, but the beach is gorgeous.

Visited June 2013
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Saskatoon,SK Canada
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“Good spot for Snorkelling. A Local Favorite”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

We went to this state park back in November and forgot to write a review on it. It had been recommended by hotel staff as a place the local like to go. You have to hike a short distance down a few lava rocks to get onto the beach, but nothing too taxing. The waters were warm and tranquil. We saw lots of interesting fish including baby flounders. There wasnt much of a current to speak of. After snorkelling we walked on the lava rocks out onto the point. You'll need some sturdy sandals if youre going out onto the lava rocks. Lastly there isnt a lick of shade to be found so take your own if you need it :)

There are public showers and rest room facilities and a decent amount of parking space.

Visited November 2012
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“Paradise awaits!”
Reviewed 21 January 2013 via mobile

Having rented a Jeep my girlfriend and I drove the "road" through the lava fields to find one of the most beautiful spots on the Big Island! At the end of the very fun road, you find a parking lot with restrooms. Just beyond the lot is a beautiful beach! If you walk to the end of the beach and over some of the rocks you will find a nearly perfect beach with calm waves thanks to a reef breaking the waves further out. Beautiful snorkeling with tons of sea life including dozens of fish, turtles, and even humpback whales breaching just passed the reef. It was amazing! The only downside is that the beach lays along the approach for the airport so you do get the occasional descending jet flying over you. Besides the air traffic, it is a beautiful spot and we loved it so much we spent 2 days swimming, laying in the sand & snorkeling there! A must see when in the Kailua-Kona area!!!

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“Not for smaller children”
Reviewed 19 January 2013 via mobile

There are actually two entrances. One entrance is a very rough road and with two smaller children opted not to risk it with the rental car. I fear we missed the better part of the park. The other entrance is across from the Veteran's cemetery. The road is improved and easy to get to. The bathrooms were out of order. The beach was very rocky and hard to get to with two kids. It was also crowded for the small area. The waves were extremely rough. So much so we stayed about 10 minutes. It wasn't safe for a 4 and 6 year old. The bigger kids looked like they were having a lot of fun boogie boarding the larger waves.

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