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Makalawena Beach

Makalawena Beach
This beach, located in the Kekaha Kai State Park (formerly Kona Coast State park), is a true Hawaiian gem, and is unvisited by most locals and visitors, due to the effort required reach it. Many fine beaches are easier to access, but, on most week days, you’ll most likely share this beach (actually a series of 3 small bays, separated by rocky areas) with less than a handful of other folks.
This is an incredible spot if you long for solitude while visiting the Big Island’s popular, tourist-packed "Gold Coast".

The sand is a fairly fine salt and pepper blend of white coral bits and well-worn black bits. The ocean is usually very calm, so this is a fantastic spot for both swimming and snorkeling. The water is a dreamy tropical turquoise blue with loads of shade trees as a backdrop. Shade is always a welcomed sight on the hot Kona Coast. Behind the trees is a brackish, fresh-water pool, perfect for cleaning off the sand and salt after an ocean swim. Be sure to take a dip before your hike back to your car, and don’t dry off. This should assure that you remain cool during the 10 to 15 minute trip.

Makalawena Beach has no life guards, no toilet facilities or services of any kind, other then one picnic table. Be sure to tote plenty of cold water with you since there is no potable water available in this section of the park.