Makena State Park

Makena Beach State Park sprawls over 165 acres, with white sands extending nearly two-thirds of a mile. The park boasts two popular beaches — Big Beach (Oneloa) and Little Beach (Puu Olai) — separated by a volcanic cinder cone and connected by a short foot trail over lava rock. Big Beach lives up to its name — it’s huge, running 1.5 miles long and 100 feet wide, with a steep foreshore that’s a result of the frequent high surf. Little Beach is a small cove with a wide, white sand beach on the leeward side of Puu Olai. The sandy ocean bottom and its normally gentle shore break make this a relaxing spot to sunbathe and snorkel. While it’s a five-minute trek across a steep lava outcropping to get here, it can get crowded, often with topless sunbathers.