Like many places in Hawaii, this beach shares several names. The beach itself is called Mahaiula, which is just one part of a larger State Park. The Park is named Kekaha Kai, also know as Kona Coast State Park. Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park is home to some of the most picturesque and tranquil beaches in west Hawaii. Running from south to north, this State Park contains three beautiful beaches. Mahaiula, Makalawena and Kua Bay are sandy, blue-green water oases tucked deep within miles of lava rock. Mahaiula and Makalawena beaches share the same state park entrance. A mile and a half down an unimproved, bumpy lava rock road treats travelers to some amazing seasonal views. The first beach is Mahaiula, a popular spot for locals on weekends and holidays.
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In a primitive setting, this sandy white beach nestles in a bay with gentle surf. It has a limited number of picnic tables shaded by coconut trees fed by bubbling fresh-water springs, but no drinking water. Portable toilets are the only additional facilities. View a map of Kekaha Kai State Park.
Directions: A Sign reading “Kekaha Kai State Park” about 1 mile north of Keahole-Kona International Airport, off Hwy. 19, marks rough 1½-mile road to beach – this road, although unpaved, is accessible by sedans. At the parking area, you can either drive further straight to the water or take a short trail to the more secluded section of beach. Sign about 1 mile north of Keahole-Kona International Airport, off Hwy. 19. PHONE: 808/974-6200.
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