Makalawena Beach is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Length2.7 miElevation gain6 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyWalkingBeachViewswild-flowersWildlifeRocky
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The road leading to this trailhead is very rough and may be difficult for low, 2WD vehicles. There are several beaches in this area if you wish to extend your hike.

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Riley Burroughs
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WalkingNo shadeRocky

Easy walk along the coast. Was a bit rocky. Beautiful views! Great beach to walk to about 1.5 miles out!

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Cris Loftus
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Don’t go if it’s windy

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Amanda McLeod
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Your don’t need a 4x4 we drove a minivan! Just drive safe. The first trial out to a breathtaking beach is an easy walk even the kids can do it! This is a MUST DO on the Big Island. Wale watching, turtles, and seals. Great swim but a some what difficult snorkeling spot. Must be a strong swimmer.

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Marcin Sieniek
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Kevin Greene
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Wear sturdy shoes. There is a section that is loose rock. Beautiful beaches

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Lance Klopp
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Hiking

Pretty rocky hike along a winding road to the beach. Great views!

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Praveen P
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Sri Raj Dutt Badam
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Uwe Walter
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Hiking

One of our favourite beaches on Hawaii island... 45 min easy hike in

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Raji Ponnaluri
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Ankit Verma
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Beautiful beach

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Runi Goyal
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Hiking

Arid, rocky, gravel, off-road conditions. Proper footwear is a must. Great for athletic dogs.

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Federico Ponte
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Dennis Isolde
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Thomas Recchione
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Dina Deleon
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HikingNo shadeRocky

One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It was pretty secluded when I went there. The hike there is so rewarding but the lava rocks can be challenging to walk on. Overall, it was a great location and I would go back again and enjoy it more next time!

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Roger Younce
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Hiking

Fun hike that can be as long or short as you’d like. Pretty easy.

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Gene Morris
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good walk with some very beautiful beaches. The drive in from the highway is very rough. While I did it with a two wheel drive car, it was slow going. Be prepared to take 15-20 minutes each way driving in/out. The hike is on a combination of gravel, sand, and lava so I would recommend good shoes. I’d also recommend going early as parking was tight when I left. Also, it gets hot quickly so leaving early definitely helps. It was not crowded when i got there about 9am but it was by the time I left. As others have said, bring lots of water as you will need it.

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Chantal Caron
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HikingNo shade

Belle randonnée, très diversifiée dans ses paysages. Après avoir randonné à travers un champ de laves, on se retrouve à marcher sur le sable. Attention genoux fragiles puisqu’il s’avère parfois difficile de marcher sur ces surfaces inégales. Sur le trajet, on longe des plages sauvages magnifiques où on peut s’arrêter le temps de rafraîchir. Plusieurs tortues aperçues dans l’eau et sur la plage.

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Brooke Perry
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this not a dog friendly trail

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Julie Von Eschen
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Fun trail since you go over lava, rocks & sand. We went around 10 am & not too many people but by 1 when we left it was getting crowded. Rough road driving in. Gorgeous beach & sand.

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Robert Raines
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HikingNo shadeRocky

We hiked to Makalawena beach from the North side. We parked at Kua Bay which was a mistake. It’s about a mile from the trailhead and you can park right by the trailhead. Lots of rocks on the way to the beach. Definitely need good shoes. Hiking poles would help for some of the downhill sections with loose rocks. The beach at the end is gorgeous. Wasn’t crowded when we went. Make sure to take lots of water.

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John Sparks
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Jon Mulberg
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Hiking

Nice hike to the beach. We parked up top and walked down the road.

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Chris Reimer
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