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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” (45 reviews)
“white sand” (19 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 45 reviews
"makalawena beach"
in 17 reviews
"white sand"
in 19 reviews
"lava rock"
in 18 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 14 reviews
"wear sneakers"
in 6 reviews
"kekaha kai state park"
in 6 reviews
"trees for shade"
in 5 reviews
"rough road"
in 8 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
"the big island"
in 26 reviews
"turtles swimming"
in 5 reviews
"bring water"
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank hannahroy97
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 1 week ago

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

Thank n0ble220
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank CP M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 30 March 2018

A good white sandy beach that allows easy access to good swimming. Somewhat protected so waves are normally small. Children were not too challenged getting in. There is a good area for snorkelers along the north end of the beach, where turtles are feeding. The...More

Thank CountVernon
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Well worth the walk as it takes about 15 minutes to get there over lava rock so it can get quite hot. You have to drive a ways over a mostly unpaved road as well so be careful if there has been a lot of...More

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

30 minute hike over jagged volcanic rock. Wear appropriate shoes for walking on the volcanic rock. It is well worth the trip. Get there early for a great spot. Lots of turtles, even swimming in the ocean. This place is gorgeous!

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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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