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South Central Maui Beaches
Maui, Hawaii

Information about the beaches of south central Maui. The south central Maui beaches in this article are organized from Maalaea to Makena, from Maalaea Harbor near the Isthmus of Maui to the end of the Makena Alanui Road, just beyond Makena.

Maalaea Beaches

Maalaea's beaches can be very very windy. There are no white sandy beaches at Maalaea Harbor but there is a wave break called Freight Train that is considered to be one of the fastest breaks in the world during certain times of the year. Just south of Maalaea Harbor is an area sometimes called the Maalaea Mud Flats. Most of Maalaea's condominium complexes are located in this area. It's a rocky shoreline area that is a good board surfing and body surfing spot during the winter months when the waves are up.

Maalaea Beach

There is a 3 mile long beach between Maalaea and North Kihei, on a narrow strip of land that is bordered on one side by Kalia Pond and on the other side by the ocean. I think the beach here is bordered by sand dunes. I have see this beach called Maalaea Beach, Kalia Beach, and Sugar Beach. Is this really the same beach as Sugar Beach?

Kehei Beaches

South Kehie beachs are usually better for snorkeling and diving then North Kihei because the water is usually more clear at South Kehie Beaches. There is good snorkeling at many of the rocky points on the shore of South Kihei.

Sugar Beach
Is Sugar Beach the name of the south end of Maalaea Beach?

Mai Poina Oe Iau Beach Park
This North Kihei Beach is a good water access point for windsurfing and outrigger caneing and it is often used by the Kihei Canoe Club. There is also a rock jetty at Mai Poina. Park facilities include a 52 by 18 foot picnic pavilion, barbecue grills, an uncovered picnic area, an outdoor shower, toilets, and a gravel parking area on the south end of the park with about 10 spaces. Located on South Kihei Road at Mile 5. This park is sometimes called Mai Point Park, Maipoina Oe Iau Park, or Maipoinaoeiau Beach Park. Ma Poina Park is an extension of Maalaea Beach and Sugar Beach. - Diagram of the Park in PDF format

Kalepolepo Park
Off of South Kihei Road between Kaonoulu Street and Kulanihakoi Street. A few blocks south of the point where North Kihei Road turns into South Kihei Road.

Kalama Beach Park
This 36 acre beach park is located inside the triangle ordered by South Kihei Road, and Waimahaihai Street. The south end of the beach park is at the point where South Kihei Road crosses Auhana Road. Kalama Beach Park is north of the three Kamaole Beach Parks in South Kihei.

Cove Beach Park
Also known as Kalama Cove Park and Kihei Boat Ramp Park. The north end of that park is at South Kihei Road and Iliili (sp) Road and Iliili Road runs right by the park.

The three Kamaole Beach Parks begin in the north just north of the intersection of\South Kihei Road and Alanui Kealii Drive. The south end of the beach park is between Keonekai Road and Ala Moa Street. The Rainbow Mall is across the street from Kamaole Beach Park. Kamaole Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park I is at the Intersection of South Kehei Road and Alanui Ke Alii Road. (Is the the largest and most popular of the 3 Kamaole Beach Parks?) Kamaole Beach Park II is Between Alanui Ke Alii Road and Keonekai Street. Kamaole Beach Park III is At the Intersection of South Kihei Road and Keonekai Street.

(what is the name of the long beach north of the end of south kiehi road?)

Wailea Beaches

The resorts in the Wailea area are some of the most expensive resorts in Hawaii. From north to south those resorts are the Renaissance Wailea, the Wailea Marriott (also branded as Outrigger?), the Grand Wailea Resort, the Four Seasons Wailea Resort, and the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort.

Keawakapu Beach Park
White sand, first wailea beach, swim, snrokel underwater junkyard with 100 cars forms offshore reef, beginners dive, south of Mana Kai Resort, noth of wailea.

Makapu Beach and Ulua Beach are often listed together in beach guides because they are located immediately adjacent to each other. Both Mokapu Beach and Ulua Beach are located between the Renaissance and Wailea Marriott Hotels Popular beginner diving spot because these are two reefs between these two beaches.

Mokapu Beach
Off Wailea Alanui Road, near Outrigger Wailea. has showers and restrooms Mokapu Beach Park (just south of the end of South Kihei Road)

Ulua Beach
Off Wailea Alanui Road, near Outrigger Wailea Ulua Beach Park (between Okolani Drive and Wailea Ike Road) has showers and restrooms

Wailea Beach
short wide beach Wailea Beach Park (south of Wailea Ike Road)

Polo Beach
Beautiful beach great snorkeling spot has showers and restrooms Good snorkeling, just south of Kea Lani Resort. just north of Kaukahi Street at beginning of Makena Road)

Makena Beaches

There is one resort in this area, the Maui Prince Hotel. I think the last beach in this section, Oneloa Beach, is just beyond the end of Makena Alanui Road .

Poolenalena Beach
south of polo beach park, north of big beach

Palauea Beach Park good snorkeling at rocky point, just S of Kea Lani

Makena Landing Beach Park
aka Makena Boat Landing Beach aka Five Caves aka Five Graves Popular diving spot sea caves visibility can be bad after rain and large surf

Makena Beach State Park
Makena State Park is located off of Makena Road, adjacent to the Makena Golf Club's golf course. adjacent to the Some of the beaches below are inside the boundaries of Makena State Park

Maluaka Beach
On Maluaka Bay

Oneuli Beach
north side of Red Crater

Oneloa Beach
Oneloa Beach (aka Big Beach? 2/3 mile long. Inside Makena State Park ) aka Makena Big Beach or Big Makena Beach) widest on Maui? rough shore break Big Beach (covers almost the entre left side of the peninsula

Onouli Beach
(aka Little Beach or Little Makena Beach) Little Beach (somes used for clothing optional sunbathing)

Ahihi Keanau Reserve
Located south of Makena State Park on the shore of Ahihi Bay. Good snorkeling spot. At Ahihi Bay Makena Road turns into Makena Alanui Road.

La Perouse Bay
South of Ahihi Keanau on La Perouse Bay. Located at the end of Makena Alanui Road, near the point where Ulupalakua Ranch Road. intersects with Makena Alanui Road. Good snorkeling spot.

To be added:
-Nahuna Point Beach (great diving spot)
-Turtle Town Beach (between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach)

See also:
- Northeast Maui Beaches
- All Maui Beaches
- Beaches on Other Islands

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