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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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“lava rock” (17 reviews)
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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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely sugar sand beach with two natural fresh water ponds, convenient for rinsing the salt water off after snorkeling. The beach is so peaceful and relaxing once you are there - it just takes a little work to get there. We parked...More

Thank Darcie D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My other half talked me into a rough ride into the State park and then about a one mile hike! So worth the hike! This was a beautiful get away from the crowds and the beaten path! You can opt out of the park and...More

Thank Slingofreak1976
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the dirt road between Miles 90 and 91. It's rough, but a two wheel drive car with sufficient clearance will do. At the end of the road, take the trail to the right. After 10 minutes of walking, there is a trail to the...More

Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to explore beaches on Hawaii, so we turned on this road off the highway to see it. BIG MISTAKE ! This was the worst road I have ever been on. I was afraid we were going to break the axle on the rental...More

Thank Nanski
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What to say when you find this beach ? All is there to say that it is a real gem of this coast ! But to join it, a bit of effort is necessary. You must take the direction of the Kekaha Kai state park...More

Thank gil40100
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

While visiting the big island of Hawaii our family visited Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i beach to swim and snorkel. After a slow trip down the dirt road (north of the Kona airport) we parked in a dirt lot. There is a trail before the lot that is...More

Thank Nazsnaz
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Nice beach, not as rocky as some, but not as free of rocks as, say Hapuna Beach. Benefits are that it is not nearly as crowded and there is shade from trees. If you walk about 20 minutes past the main beach, you can find...More

Thank Ben C
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Takes a bit if 4WD and a bit of walking to get to, but is totally worth the trouble. If the hot walk on lava is to much for you, just stay at the beach closer to the parking lot. It is equally magical and...More

Thank Nishanthi J
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Firstly there is a 'unimproved' road that leads you to a car park of another beach. his track is driveable in a regular sedan as I saw people driving mondeos and Chrysler hatches across the surface. Take it slow and pick your lines and you...More

1  Thank btandrmb
Reviewed 11 July 2017

if you can get there go. its a bit of a trek to get in, so pack lite, but the beach is huge. not alot of shade

Thank Zephyr C
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Bert H
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
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