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Discovering the Big Island’s Hidden Beaches: Makalawena

One of the great things about the Big Island is the remote locations you can still find. Between Kona and Kawaihae there are many remote beaches; some are hard to get to, but it’s always worth it. Here’s Makalawena:

Makalawena Beach

Makalawena is south of the Four Seasons Resort and accessed by the road going down to Kekaha Kai State Park. The road is between the 90 and 91 mile markers on the Queen K Highway. The road is a rough 1.5 miles long at top speed of 5 mph. A car with good clearance is helpful.

Once at the parking lot, the trail to Makalawena is about a half hour walk through a lava field. There is a path, but the footing is tricky. The beach was empty the day I went and it is long and beautiful with white sand as fine as flour. While the shore is rocky in places, there are many spots to enter the ocean and snorkel or just get wet. Actually, I shouldn’t say I didn’t run into anyone there…

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Carol Andrews

November 1, 2012

This is a beautiful beach. We use to come here before there was ever a road to drive down. We had to park on the highway- put our then baby in a pack pack, carry all of the gear and hike in.
It was well worth the trudge in once we got there!
Aloha~

Carol Andrews

November 1, 2012

This is a beautiful beach. We use to come here before there was ever a road to drive down. We had to park on the highway- put our then baby in a pack pack, carry all of the gear and hike in.
It was well worth the trudge in once we got there!
Aloha~

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