MacKenzie State Park

MacKenzie State Park, Island of Hawaii: Address, MacKenzie State Park Reviews: 4/5

MacKenzie State Park
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DejaK
Phuket Town, Thailand52 contributions
To be pacific I said YES 💍
Feb 2021 • Family
This place has a lot of history of my ancestors this place is said to be haunted..However this place will forever have my heart. Big island is my home, but I’m here visiting from Las Vegas. My honey proposed and I said yes..

Be mindful of our land and respect all the spirits when you come here. Beautiful view 🌊
Written 23 February 2021
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,551 contributions
Excellent
Feb 2020
This was just one more in a great find driving around the area. We spent the next day after touring the Volcanoes National Park seeing this area. It's amazing to see the destruction all the way to the sea from the lava. So barren and brutal in its path. But along the way you have some really cool drives through some tree-lined roads that you never know what you will come across around the next curve.
Written 29 February 2020
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Mark C
Sheboygan Falls, WI236 contributions
Amazing views, nice picnic spot
Apr 2019 • Couples
I wish I'd known about this park and read the reviews here before we visited, we didn't know about hiking over to the new flows. We stopped here on a whim as we went by coming back from Isaac Hale park, it looked pretty and it sure is. Right near the park entrance there are spectacular cliffs along the sea, and it's forested and shady, very nice. This would be a great place to hang out for a picnic and listen to the waves crashing in. Definitely worth a stop and a few photos, and if you're adventurous, read the other reviews here about hiking to the new lava. Pay attention to the advice about footwear, while we didn't hike here, we do have experience hiking a'a and it can be brutal.
Written 14 May 2019
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Cosmopolitan9643
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Worth the drive
Jan 2019 • Friends
Drove here from volcano after visiting the national park. Worth it for the drive alone. But once there it’s both breathtaking and haunting. The waves break directly onto the cliffs and the spray washes over the top depending on where you stand. Locals believe the place is haunted and I can see how you may feel that.
Written 8 January 2019
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14,800 contributions
Walking on 2018 lava eruption
Nov 2018 • Family
VNP staff advised us to come here to see where the lava had flowed into the sea. We were able to walk across the lava fields with the ocean crashing onto the newly formed cliffs.
the lava had some steam vents and was still warm in places,
Very rugged so good closed in shoes needed to walk on lava.
Written 29 November 2018
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michael h
Peru, IL30 contributions
Post Card perfect
Apr 2018
First place in hawaii i speared a fish with a speargun underwater. Fantastic large park where we had a wonderful cookout and spent the day.
Written 9 October 2018
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kalamakid
Kailua, HI936 contributions
Visit the Newest Land (and Sand) on Earth
Sep 2018 • Couples
We followed Nicfromperth's TripAdvisor review and the instructions were right on. (Thumb up Nic) They were clearing trees just before the entrance when we visited so needed to wait several minutes coming and going but that's ok. We took a different route but wound up on 137 and went past all the residents only signs. Checked out our beloved cliffs which amazingly are still there, for now at least, and some have new black sand beaches as well. Walked over to the new flow on the left and followed the palm and white coral markers, checked out a few more brand new black sand beaches and didn't go as far as Pohoiki but at least could see it. Super exposed and hot out there, rough crumbly a'a which is sharp or sharper than glass so whatever you do, wear a hat, bring water, and wear decent shoes, not slippers or light canvas shoes (the a'a can cut through that like a razor). We passed a local lady who had leather hiking boots on and her soles were coming off and the leather was all slashed. Yikes. Anyway, totally worth it, super beautiful, and for those of us born and raised in the islands, it just feels good to know that MacKenzie is still there (again, for now) and all is well. Except for everyone who lost their homes. That still sucks.
Written 3 October 2018
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nicfromperth
Perth, Australia23 contributions
Must-do to hike the lava fields
Sep 2018 • Couples
We came to MacKenzie a couple of days after it reopened on Sept 8. Google gets a bit confused with directions due to the recent damage to infrastructure and homes caused by the eruption.

There are new black sand beaches, ridges and cliffs and it's amazing and really worth the drive down.

To get there:
1. Take 130 south all the way to the end (Kaimu Beach Park) and turn left onto 137. You'll drive over a section of road being repaired- the clouds rising either side of the road are sulfur, which is pretty interesting.
2. Drive all the way down 137 along the coast- you will see a couple of signs that say the road ahead is closed and for local residents only- keep going.
3. When you approach the road closure barrier on 137, the entrance to the park is on your right.
4. To get to the lava fields, face the ocean and walk to your left for about 10-15 mins. You cannot miss them.

Cautions:
1. It's really hot- bring water, sunscreen and a hat
2. Wear really solid shoes- the lava scree is very sharp and loose
3. Some bits of the field appear to be a bit unstable, but we didnt have issues- jusy exercise caution. Because they are so new, there arent any trails marked yet beyond the first little beach, although someone has marked some of the way with white coral 'breadcrumbs'
Written 13 September 2018
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Sarah W
Boulder, CO662 contributions
Quiet oceanside cliffs
Feb 2018 • Couples
The drive here is really lovely and passes through interesting jungle and trees. When we arrived, we were the only ones there. We enjoyed some quiet time listening to the waves crash into the large cliffs. A very peaceful, tranquil place with lots of trees/shade. The park is right there when you drive up, so we spent about 30 minutes before moving on. It was free to get in.
Written 25 February 2018
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Teresa R
29 contributions
Beautiful!
Feb 2018 • Couples
Wow! So very peaceful and beautiful. Not many people around when we visited so we were able to just enjoy the beauty of the place.
Written 20 February 2018
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