Mackenzie State Recreation Area

Phone (808) 587-0300
4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Kalapana Kapoho Rd, Pahoa , HI 96778
A cliff side beach park.

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

Matt Anderson's Take
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.
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Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
Likes Received: 13
What a very cool area to see some gorgeous vistas and scenery. Some of our best pictures came from here. The drive along this area is beautiful and there are many spots to just hang out and relax. Very rocky but gorgeous with the blue turquoise water meeting the black lava rock.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
This is one of my favorite and most majestic parts of the Hawaii. When I first visited this spot, I thought it would be a basic recreation area, but the experience of watching the waves crash against the cliffs was just magnificent to watch.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 108
This is a place you come when you want to be absorbed into nature. Shady areas with tall trees and crashing ocean waves make it a fun place to soak it all in.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
MacKenzie State Recreation Area has an overall 4.5 star average rating from a handful of reviews found online.
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Julie F
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 6
Likes Received: 0
Breathtaking at every turn. The drive was beautiful and calming. I wanted to stop every 100 ft to take more pictures. A must see for sure, stunning!
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