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Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is difficult to access by any vehicle other than a four wheel drive. Hiking into the beach is possible on a very rough dirt road that is probably several miles long. This is only advisable to those that are physically fit and can...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank LauraM12549
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach and lots of underwater fish! Spent time snorkeling with hubby, warm water, get fins, mask and snorkel and have a great time!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debbiehZ2816VB
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

We have been there on a Wednesday and we have been almost alone. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. You can see some fishes when snorkeling. It is a bit to walk from the parking place of so called...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank michaelsO4492RX
Reviewed 28 October 2018

First, a confession. The first couple of times we went to Makalawena, we actually weren't there at all. We had only made it as far as Mahai'ula. Which was fine, because Mahai'ula is a beautiful beach as well, and shares the exclusivity of Kekaha Kai...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank madvice
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Hot walk out hot lava rock..but huge payoff..the second beach has a ton of coral but beautiful shade trees and it’s pristine.. take good chairs towels..there is parking after a very bumpy 4 wheel drive type road.. but leave valuable behind..there is a l0 Porta...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drmader
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Love this beach, it's worth the hike from the HWY or Kekaha. Beware, the south side of the beach is usually clothing optional. Super nice lagoon on the north end usually nobody is there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Go57504
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is a great, secluded beach with white sand a clear, turquoise water. You start at Kekaha Kai State Park which is a very bumpy road. Park and walk towards the porta pottys. Continue straight until you see the little slice of paradise to your...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank BBDoll619
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

After you park its a 15 minute walk to mahai'ula beach which has tons of shade and a gorgeous view. Thats awesone. To get to makalawena you continue to walk for 20 minutes over lava rocks. While the beach is also pictureesque... there is minimal...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark A
Reviewed 7 September 2018

This beach is the best ever on the island, but (thanks God) it is hard to get there....requires some nice 15-20 mins walk on rough lava, which makes it protected from too much tourists and good for turtles and coral reefs. It has 3 bay-like...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CsillaP
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We rented a 4wd Jeep so we gussied up the nerve and made the turn off the road in between mile marker 88 & 89. The road was rough but I’d do it again in a heart beat. The beach is worth the white knuckled...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Kendra B
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David S
1 February 2018|
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Response from seven824 | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
Bert H
22 May 2017|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
William C
26 January 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More