Kekaha Kai State Park, Island of Hawaii

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Kekaha Kai State Park, formerly known as Kona Coast State Park, is a beach park located along the north Kona coast on the island of Hawaii. The main beach areas are Maniniowali Bay (Kua Bay), Makalawena beach at Puu Alii Bay, and Mahaiula Bay. The park's name originates from the Hawaiian language words ke kaha kai which translate to "the shore line" in English.Park sectionsThe northern section of the park is on Maniniowali Bay located at coordinates. This beach area is popularly called Kua Bay since it is easier to pronounce. A paved road 2.6mi north of Kona International Airport leads to the beach.The wetland area behind Makalawena beach was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972. The marsh is known as Ōpaeula Pond (Hawaiian for "red shrimp") and was the site of a small fishing village that was wiped out in the 1946 tsunami. The 12acre of wetland provide one of the last remaining nesting grounds of the āeo (Hawaiian stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), the alae keokeo (Hawaiian coot, Fulica alai), and the only known breeding area for the aukuu (black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli) in Hawaii. The pond is located at coordinates in the privately owned area between the two sections of the state park.
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  • There are three separate roads to this stretch of beaches just north of the Kona Airport. The northern most road is well-paved, but the other two are not paved and are very rough. Last year we attempt...  more »
  • This is one of the closest beaches to Kona and worth the drive over the bumpy lava road to get in....you can do it with a 2WD car but we always get a 4WD Jeep. Nice beach....restrooms...picnic tables....  more »
  • Love the drive thru lava fields and when you arrive its mixed sand, rocks, lava, etc. Great place to hang out. Did not try snorkeling here,  more »
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  • Our first visit to this park was today. The road to the park is mostly gravel and bumpy. Once you get to the park, you will find palm trees, nice sand beaches and a couple of historic old beach houses. It was; a nice place to walk on the beach and watch the waves. It did not appear to be a good place for swimming because of the rough conditions.
  • Great beach. The road is is doable in a mini van. I had a great time reading and napping in my hammock.
  • Worth the rough ride, although they are gradually improving the road conditions. Outhouse facilities with no running water or hand sanitizer. The beach access is expansive and offers sand, surf and snorkeling for all family members. There are some picnic tables near the parking area.
  • Loved the Environment, huge waves and lots of shade to chill. Although it is frequented from airplanes flying into Kona. I would recommend this for famililies.
  • Beautiful surf break. Love the beaches! Hiking from Mahaiula to Makalawena is one of my favorites, mountain view is also gorgeous. I do photoshoots and go with the family too. I love it

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If you wish to indulge yourself while on the Kona coastline of the "Big Island," book your stay at one of Kailua-Kona's fully furnished beachside villas, offering spa services, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the coastline's luxury resorts, featuring tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site activities like hula lessons and diving classes. Smaller hotels a short drive from the city may not offer beach access, but they provide plenty of privacy at a fraction of the cost of the area's big resorts.
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