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Wonderful easy hike leading you to Petroglyphs, ancient Hawaiian places, great beaches and a wonderful place to watch green sea turtles ...

Awesome beach especially during sunset. The trail is great for strolling along the beach but don't expect to swim as it's fairly rocky.

Using the directions, you'll end up on a road that dead ends to a resort. Just circle back around the park and the road will widen nicely. There is also a nice garden stroll across from the beach.

hiking
14 days ago

Only able to tackle a portion of the trail due to limited access given the partial govt shutdown.

Quite a unique trail and Hawaiian cultural history.

Amazing rain cloud forest trail that is free. It is a nice way to cool off if you want a break from the heat. Make sure to explore both forks in the pathway as they are two separate trails. Don't bother walking too far down the service road where the trail to the left eventually ends up at, as there is nothing there.

walking
15 days ago

Short beach stroll, morning surfers, and quite a few "beach sleepers."

hiking
17 days ago

We trekked along the beach to get to the bay. Relatively flat, some nice houses along the way. There were some sandy areas for swimming and it was quite a popular spot for turtles, we saw close to 10. If you’re looking to spend the day at a beach I’m not sure the hike in is worth it as there are many nicer beaches with less of a hike in the area, but overall still a nice spot.

Nice forest hike near Kailua-Kona. We did the official loop and there were no views but the forest was beautiful. The first part if you take the right fork of the loop was rather steep. Then it flattens out and the trail runs along the edge of a fence line for awhile. It was interesting to see the difference in vegetation on the private property side. There were no portapotties at the trailhead. They want you to bring rubbing alcohol and spray your shoes before and after the hike to avoid spreading a fungus that is killing the Ohi’a trees. Don’t forget bug spray.

on Makuala O'Oma Trail

hiking
26 days ago

We hiked a little bit more than this short loop. We hiked down on the trail until the cleared dirt road, then walked on it for a few miles, then went back into the forest on another trail. We came out from the woods at the upper section, just right next to the cattle fence...walked by the fence for a few miles and then stepped onto the trail again for the last few miles, so we did the "big loop". It was very nice, quiet, lovely hike. We even saw some wild board from distance. Bring strudy shoes, long sleeve shirts and long pants...don't forget water and snacks.

hiking
28 days ago

Did the south part only. the small beach at the end is beautiful but small and not convenient for swimming. Thought the north part/beach should balance that.

nice, moderate hike close to Kona. there's a bit more than the 1.4 mile loop as you can see on the map. The trails are easy to follow but there's no signage. There are steep areas and roots and logs to navigate over. It's a beautiful rain forest to walk through.

not much of a trail, homeless in the brush to the south..... the small beach has amazing waves for surfing.

hiking
1 month ago

We headed West downhill from the trailhead until the road, which is about a 500' drop; the ferns are amazing - Jurassic style! If you continue clockwise up the roads, you go back up around 750' in elevation. Then you return on the above-described trail, dropping back down to the trailhead. I would describe that as a 2.3 mile medium difficulty hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful beach at the first part - swam with a sea turtle. Black Beach was pretty but not a good place to spend the day. Saw a monk seal.

hiking
2 months ago

From the parking area, 40 min. to beach. Outstanding swimming and snorkeling area. I’ve visited this beach several times over the years and it has become quite popular but still room for some degree of privacy. Many shade opportunities too. I would advise against wearing Flip Flops during the trek in due to the lava section of the trail. Well worth the time and effort.

Beautiful sunset pics!

Magical beach, absolute worth spending a full day at with lunch and beers. Hike through exposed black lava fields so lather up on sunscreen in/out.

trail running
3 months ago

Agree with comments on technicality of trail for running... had to go slower due to roots and loose rocks (although volcanic and grippy), yesterday’s rain made for slightly slippery terrain. Beautiful and convenient!

Pretty jungle trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted to trail run this, but it was way too technical for us, ended up run/hiking 5 miles on the various trails. It was beautiful! You become immersed in the jungle, then pop out and see cows grazing next to the property, are greeted with lava mountain roads, and then can become immersed into the jungle again! Super beautiful, quiet (except for all the birds!) and perfect for an early morning run/hike. Lots of roots/overgrown paths, but completely worth it.

on Makuala O'Oma Trail

hiking
4 months ago

A nice quiet trail to take the dogs hiking on. It is not far from town but cooler, so good for a couple hour adventure, depending on how many side trails you want to go down.

We really enjoyed this trail. It was 16 degrees cooler than Kona when we arrived there. Felt good but soon became quite humid in the forest but that did not take away from our enjoyment. We hiked a loop of about 1.8 miles according to my phone tracker. Beautiful flowers, ferns & singing birds & literally no annoying bugs. Wear shoes as there are lots of rocks & roots & you either have to go uphill on the way in or out depending if you start clockwise or counter clockwise on the loop. May rain on & off so be prepared. Shaded in the forest all the way. Trail is not marked & there are a few off shoots so this app was helpful to keep us on the loop using the gps.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen along this route. Bring extra water. It’s hot.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked the loop portion clockwise and it was a quick 0.9 hike. Lovely foliage, no bugs and easy to see the trail. The trail was beautifully scented though the smell of wood smoke (campers?) crept in 1/3 into this slice of Hawaii heaven. Plenty of free parking along the road near the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

I am giving 4 Stars because we have only been on BI for a week and this was our first hike. It might actually be a 5-star trail. We love that it is dog-friendly, 15 minutes from town, and a totally different landscape than Kona. We only did the short trail, but will be back to do a longer hike soon.

You can make this trail quite a bit longer by taking offshoots. Beautiful surroundings and quiet. The loop back up is a bit of a workout.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent trail with beautiful surroundings

Gorgeous Flowers.

Just what we needed to escape the 90+ degree heat! Temp dropped by 20 pts on the drive up from Kona. The trail was lush, beautiful and a bit slick in places. Don’t wear sandals,

Our absolutely favorite place on the big island.

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