MacKenzie State Recreation Area


  • Dramatic sea cliffs and rugged coastline create a stunning backdrop.
  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach offers a unique contrast of volcanic sands and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Secluded picnic areas among ironwood and coconut palm trees invite relaxation.

Located along the scenic Hamakua Coast, MacKenzie State Recreation Area offers a tranquil escape surrounded by dramatic coastal landscapes.

Dramatic Cliffs and Coastline

MacKenzie unfolds against the backdrop of dramatic sea cliffs and rugged coastline. The panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean make it a haven for those seeking solitude amidst nature's raw beauty.

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

The park is home to the famous Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where volcanic sands meet the crashing waves. Take a stroll along the shoreline and marvel at the unique contrast between the dark sands and the deep blue sea.

Secluded Picnic Areas

MacKenzie State Recreation Area provides peaceful picnic spots nestled among ironwood and coconut palm trees. It's an ideal spot to relax, unwind, and enjoy the coastal breeze.

Escape the hustle and bustle at MacKenzie State Recreation Area, where the untamed beauty of Hawaii's coastline takes center stage, offering a serene retreat for nature lovers.

Kalapana Kapoho Rd
Pahoa, HI 96778
(808) 974-6200






Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Tables


Trash Cans


Entrance Fee : None