Mackenzie State Recreation Area

MacKenzie State Recreation Area
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Phone (808) 587-0300
Address Kalapana Kapoho Rd, Pahoa , HI 96778
A cliff side beach park.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Camping • Facilities: Picnic Tables • Type: Shady • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Fishing

MacKenzie State Recreation Area does not have an actual sandy beach but the park is good for camping, picnicking, and fishing. You'll find it located on the southeast part of the Big Island, about half an hour away from Puna on Puna Road.

This park is located high above the ocean with spectacular views of the open exposed ocean. walk along the bluffs overlooking the ocean and you'll see massive waves explode against the rocky cliffs. If the waves are large, it's absolutely a phenomenal sight to see. You'll find nice restrooms, park benches, and lots of big trees all around.

The park was named after State Forest Ranger Albert J.W. Mackenzie. Originally from Scotland, Mackenzie pioneered tree planting projects on the Big Island. The Ironwood tree grove is part of his effort in the reforestation of Hawaii.

The park is also said to be haunted, and many people believe that it is the Nightmarchers that come through this area.