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Makalawena Beach

Makalawena Beach
Thore Michels San Jose CA

* Secluded, uncrowded whitesand beach just North of Kona Airport.
*No 4 wheel drive access - locked gate at entry.
*20 - 30 minute hike.

Makalawena Beach
Thore Michels San Jose CA

On the trail, looking back toward Hualalai Volcano.

* Water can be rough and have currents.
* No life guards, restrooms, water or Starbucks.
* Sometimes used as a nude beach (South end).
* The two homes behind the beach are private property; no trespassing.

Makalawena Beach
Mahalo to Thore Michels San Jose CA


Most of the trail includes hiking over lava bed trails.

Makalawena Beach
Mahalo to Thore Michels San Jose CA

Directions from the north: 30 minute hike from Kua Bay. 4wd road is private/ locked.
From the south: Access from Kekaha Kai State Park.
Access road from highway to Kekaha Kai parking is very rough.
Regular cars often lose their muffler - or worse.
The 20 minute trail to Makalawena starts at the Kekaha Kai parking lot. Sturdy footwear advised.
No facilities at all - can be dangerous swimming.

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