One of the great things about the Big Island is the remote locations you can still find. Between Kona and Kawaihae there are many remote beaches; some are hard to get to, but it’s always worth it. Here’s Makalawena:
Makalawena is south of the Four Seasons Resort and accessed by the road going down to Kekaha Kai State Park. The road is between the 90 and 91 mile markers on the Queen K Highway. The road is a rough 1.5 miles long at top speed of 5 mph. A car with good clearance is helpful.
Once at the parking lot, the trail to Makalawena is about a half hour walk through a lava field. There is a path, but the footing is tricky. The beach was empty the day I went and it is long and beautiful with white sand as fine as flour. While the shore is rocky in places, there are many spots to enter the ocean and snorkel or just get wet. Actually, I shouldn’t say I didn’t run into anyone there…