Makalawena beach is gorgeous with white silk sand, 2 lava pools and lots of seclusion. The drive and the walk are not for the faint of heart however. Both access routes to the beach require you to go over lava fields. Once you arrive at this quarter mile stretch of white sand beach you will be happy you made it.
There are no lifeguards or public facilities on this beach so do exercise caution. Be sure to bring plenty of water, some shade and strong shoes for hiking across the quarter mile lava field. The trail is nicknamed shoe wrecker, because of the jagged lava field that you will cross before you arrive.
The beach is perfect for laying out, snorkeling, swimming and even boogie boarding if the conditions are right. There is limited shade, but the picnic tables are shaded by the trees.
Makalawena is part of Kekaha Kai State Park and currently there is no camping allowed on this beach and no permits are being given. In addition, rental cars are prohibited down Kekaha Kai road.