Makalewena Beach

MODERATE 26 reviews

Makalewena Beach is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua Kona, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
0 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
10 days ago

From the south it is an easy walk across a mostly level foot trail, but with medium rocks. Hot if sun is out. From north it is a little more technical walk down sloped 4wd trail over medium to large rocks, although not hard. The red route on the site isn't showing going to Makalawena, follow the black dotted trail instead. I'd recommend at least tennis shoes for either way.

There are other hikes of note that aren't listed (at least that I can find) within this park.

Pu'u Ku'ili - very short hike up a cinder cone, immediately next to Kua Bay. Look for the 15mph sign on the drive in, the entrance to the trail is about 30 yards back from the sign across the road on the left. Hidden so if you don't know it's there you'll miss it. Really cool views form the top of this cone. I'd recommend tennis shoes, but I have done it a few times in slippers (Hawaiian for flip flops).

Makole'a Black Sand Beach - about a mile hike south from the Kekaha Kai State park pit toilets. Follow the coast until you start to see white coral chunks marking a rough trail over Pahoehoe lava flows. Cool little beach with sweet black sand. Saw one person during hike. I did hike in slippers.

1 month ago

Easy trail to beautiful beaches.

hiking
3 months ago

The beach was stunning and very easy to get to. The rest of the hike was also pretty nice and very easy.

10 months ago

Beautiful beach, flat walk across lots of medium rocks so watch your step

paddle sports
11 months ago

Great spot to go snorkeling! Had a sea turtle swim up to me and lots of exotic fish! However, the road to get here is a little bumpy, lots of potholes so drive with caution. It's a mile and half long but doable in a car like a Ford Focus and similar models. Pristine beach, white sand, blue/clear water! Also great for sea kayaking too!

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easy trail. Little long, dirt/rocky trail-- totally worth it, BEAUTIFUL beach. White sand and blue water

walking
Friday, December 02, 2016

Loved walking around and taking in the scenery. It's a bit of a hassle to get to since you have to drive through a lava field with a road that is kind of bad. I suggest having a truck or SUV.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful beach. Hike was hot but worth it.

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

Beautiful beach. Hike was hot but worth it. Be careful of the strong current and large waves.

hiking
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It was a nice easy hike. we went early, cause there s all lava rocks at first, and no trees, so it is really hot. When you get to the beach, the contrast between the rocks and the sand is amazing. We took lunch, made a picnic, spend the day on the beach, really calm blue water, you can snorkel too. And then, before 6, that s when the gate closes, we went Back. Awsome day!! Excelent landscape for pictures.

Friday, August 21, 2015

it was a nice hike out and back...the trail over the lave was a little rough. could not believe the people trying it in shower shoes. if you take this walk wear shoes for walking you can take them off once you get in the sand.....

hiking
Saturday, April 05, 2014

This was an amazing beach to walk to. It is a bit longer than you would expect and my wife and I would suggest hiking it in shoes. Most of the path is not bad but there was a good stretch where you are walking on a lava trail. we did it in flip flops and it could be a recipe for a bloody toe if you were to slip. Go early and get a good spot as it seemed many people showed up after 11-12 ish. Park right next to the gate it will save you a few hundred feet or so. Have fun and pack out what you pack in :)

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