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MacKenzie State Recreation Area

  • Hwy. 137 Map It
  • Pahoa
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This coastal park, on rocky shoreline cliffs in a breezy, cool ironwood grove, has a pavilion, picnic tables, and restrooms but no drinking water. The park is significant for the restored section of the old King's Highway trail system, which circled the coast in the era before Hawaii was discovered by the Western world. In those days, regional chiefs used the trails to connect coastal villages, collect taxes, and maintain control over people. Views take in the rugged coast, rocky beach, and coastal dry forest. There's good shore fishing here, so you might see some locals with a line or two in the water.

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Hwy. 137, Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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Jul 28, 2016

Relaxing Nature Time

This is a great place to be one with nature and to watch the waves crashing on the rocks. Such a cool place, we have some pics of Mackenzie it if you're interested: