Located on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway , 2.6 miles north of Keahole Airport. Separate 1.5 mile access roads (partially unpaved) from highway lead to Mahai’ula and Manini’owali (Kua Bay) sections of the park.
Kona Coast or Kekaha Kai State Park is 1,600 acres of beautiful sand and pristine blue waters. There are actually several beaches in the park located between the 91 and 90 mile markers on Highway 19 north of Kona. There are two beaches here and access to a third much more secluded one called Makalawena Beach.
Mahai’ula section has a sandy beach and dune offering opportunities for swimming and beach-related activities. A picnic area with tables is available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to Kua Bay. Midway, a hike to the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. Dry and hot with no drinking water. Kua Bay section at north end of park offers beach-related activities.
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