Exploring Mackenzie State Park and stunning coastlines, lava tubes, hikes and supernatural presence
Mackenzie State Park along the Red Road or the Kalapana – Pohoiki road is truly magical and worth the stop on your visit around the area. The park survived most of the lava eruptions and intrusions to the lower Puna area you can view the lava fields in the far northern part of the park grounds that you can do a hike into. Before the road to Pohoiki was rebuilt, hiking through the coastal trails was started initially in the MacKenzi park area.
History of MacKenzie State Park
The park was named for park ranger Albert Mackenzie who died at the young age of 21 and planted many of the ironwood trees in the park to deter erosion and the cliffs eventual decline into the ocean. The park has a dark Hawaiian history of ancient Hawaiian warriors or night marchers that would walk the Kings Trail at night time. People have also witnessed chantings, battle cries, drumming and other occurrences on windy or stormy nights. MacKenzie park has spiritual significance with ancient and lost human souls or ‘Uhane’ wandering through the area. The large stands of ironwood trees also have a creepy effect with supernatural feeling to them.
If you visit the areas around the park, see if can actually feel any supernatural elements or vibe in walking around the area that many visitors have here.
Attractions in the park
Explore the raw power of the ocean against the gorgeous cliff areas of MacKenzie park
Discover some of the ancient lava tubes in the area which there are many, but be advised not to actually crawl into the lava tubes
Hike the old Kings Trail area to discover the lushness and forest surrounding with huge stands of ironweed trees and ocean views
Have a nice picnic in the covered pavilion
Fishing off the cliffs on MacKenzie is a popular pastime in the area.
Overnight camping is allowed by you must obtain a permit from the Hawaii State Park Division.
Directions to MacKenzie State Park
From Pahoa, (approximately 22 miles one way) drive down Hwy 130 to the Junction at Hwy 137 and drive down the Kalapana – Kapoho road until you hit the entrance to the park and make a right and into the parking lot area.
More details to visiting the park
The park is open daily from 7am to 6:45 pm
Entrance to park is free
There are picnic areas and bathroom facilities on the parking areas
No swimming is allowed in the treacherous waters off the cliffs
The Cliffs are unstable with waves crashing on them constantly so be at a safe distance from the edge
There is no cell service from the area so be careful in visiting
There are memorial shrines around the park, please be respectful of the signage and other impromptu memorabilia placed as memorials to lost ones.
Visiting Pahoa? Check out these other places to explore
An entire guide to visiting the Puna District of Hawaii
Explore the new Kapoho black sand beach with no name
Check out the cool lava mold formations and botanical garden at Lava Tree State Park
Visit the colorful and Hawaiian folk inspired Painted Church in Kalapana
Or visit downtown Pahoa area attractions here
Experience the Sunday market at Maku’u Market outside Pahoa
Visit the new black sand beach and hot ponds at Pohoiki Beach on the Red Road
Do the coastal hike to Ha’ena Beach
Explore the Red Road aka Kalapana Kapoho road.
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