What to do in MacKenzie State Recreation Area

MacKenzie State Recreation Area is a 13 acre site which highlights the low cliffs and volcanic coastline of the Puna district of the Big Island.

The King's Trail leads through the park on its way around the island. Facilities at the park include restrooms, picnic tables and campsites. No drinking water is available.

The picnicking and camping facilities lie within an ironwood grove. The camping area offers four campsites which can accommodate up to 6 people each. A camping permit must be obtained through the Hawai'i District of Hawai'i State Parks: P.O. Box 936, (75 Aupuni Street, #204), Hilo, HI 96721 (808) 974-6200. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

Recreation opportunities at MacKenzie State Recreation Area include viewing scenery, shore fishing, camping, picnicking and hiking.

This recreation area lies on the southeastern shore of the Big Island. It can be accessed from the Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, nine miles northeast of Kaimu.

The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200

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