Makalawena Beach

The quest to discover Hawaii’s ‘best’ beach was accomplished in one day. After what we discovered yesterday, I doubt it can be topped.  We told a fellow b&b couple about our beach experience, and they too had to see it for themselves. At the end of the day, they were ecstatic and ‘couldn’t thank us enough’ for recommending Makalawena beach.

Fine, white sand. Crystal clear turquoise water. Turtles. Snorkeling, boogie boarding and surfing. The best part? There’s hardly anyone there.

Getting to Makalawena beach takes effort. If you have a 4×4, there’s an access road, and is about a 25 minute drive from Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. If not, there’s access from  Kekaha Kai State Park. A 20 minute hike through a scorching hot lava field will get you there. It’s worth the effort! Closed toed shoes are an absolute must. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

Court and I spent 6 hours swimming, body surfing and playing in the waves. We saw quite a few turtles, including a sunbather. My bathing suit fell off. Again. About 8 times.

Pretty, right? This view is only the beginning of the hike!

See the cooler Court is carrying?  He was so annoyed that he had to carry it, then at the end of the hike he sat on it and it broke into a million pieces.

We saw wild goats – they both had impressive beards. 😀

After climbing over unstable loose lava rock and sand dunes, we were welcomed by the softest, whitest sand I’ve ever set foot on.

After a full day of swimming and hiking, we stopped by an oceanfront pub in Kona for a pre-dinner Fire Rock pale ale. Kona has turned me into a beer drinker. It must be the heat, along with the variety of locally brewed beer. One of our favourite brews that we’ve tried is a Kona Brewing Koko Brown Toasted Coconut ale. I can’t handle dark beers, but this one is smooth and creamy like Guiness with a touch of toasted coconut.

Our dinner reservation was at Holuakoa Gardens Cafe, a slow-food establishment using fresh, seasonal ingredients from farms located within a 5 mile radius.  We dined on an outdoor lanai, illuminated by a canopy of mini lights and koi ponds. I was so relaxed by the atmosphere I could’ve fallen asleep at the table. Or maybe because it was 7pm.

This restaurant is comfort food for the health enthusiast. I loved that the dishes actually taste like real food  – fresh vegetables, herbs and spices, rather than a mask of butter, garlic and salt.

Since the restaurant was my brilliant idea, Court let me choose the appetizer: satueed mushroom and onions with cheese toast.

For entrees, I went with handmade potato gnocchi with roasted butternut squash, baby zucchini, sweet peppers, sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes in an organic tumeric cream sauce. I was in love with my dish, and I want to recreate it in the fall!

Court decided on a cozy meal of red wine slow braised Hawaiian beef brisket. Served on a bed of rainbow carrots, red potatoes, heirloom turnips, cherry tomatoes and caramelized au jus.

Court chose dessert – and despite my strong suggestion to order the butternut squash cheesecake, he chose berry cobbler with ice cream.  After getting back to the b&b, I crashed hard. I slept for almost 10 hours!

4 thoughts on “Makalawena Beach

  1. Gorgeous! What island were you at?
    We went to Kona last summer for the first time. I was amazed at the gorgeous beaches. We found the best one on the first day and went back several times that week. It ended up being the best one we found.

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