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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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

As soon as we arrive on the Pride of America, we took the tender to shore. We arrived on the dock about 10:15. We asked a local taxi driver named Clinton to take us here. It was a $50 fare one way. We pre-arranged a...More

1  Thank cliftonlaura
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This beach is what everyone says it is- silky white sand, clear water, peaceful and without throngs of people. There are 2 ways to get there: Kekaha Kai which requires a bumpy but relatively easy drive (accessible with sedan) and a 20 minute walk to...More

6  Thank Heather A
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

A great place to unwind and jump into peaceful blue water. There are many shades to sit under. Mostly younger population, and fun crowd beach here. We were there for a few hours and was lots of fun. Will definitely go back.

Thank luckydog172
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Very beautiful area to just sit and enjoy the beautiful Hawaii waterfront. Stop, take a look and soak in the sun.

Thank Winggal222
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

You will ruin perfection for the rest of us! (Okay, I meant to say don't go without snorkel gear or you will miss the real beauty!)

Thank UnkaDuke
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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