The Beaches of Kihei
An introduction to the beaches
of the Kihie resort area on the southwest coast of the island of Maui
in Hawaii. Includes Kihei beaches from from Maalea Beach
to Kewakapu Beach Park
The three beaches of Kamaole are south of Kihei, and they are known
as Kamaole Beach I, II and III. Kamaole Beach I and II
are good swimming beaches. Kamaole Beach III has a large
grass field and is a popular spot for body boarding.
The beaches are separated by piles of rocks. There are
shops in this area and plenty of parking. lifeguards,
From Mai Poina Oe Iau Beach to Kalama Park there
can be a problem with sewage from the wastewater
facility in the middle of Kalama Park. Swimming
north of Kalama Park can be dangerous.
The best beaches are south of Kalama Park.
Maalaea - Haycraft Beach Park
Mai Poina Oe Lau Beach Park (North)
Excellent swimming kite-surfing, and windsurfing.
Facilities include picnic tables, showers and restrooms.
Wintertime whale sightings are almost guaranteed.
(but is water clean enought to swim?)
Mai Poina Oe Lau Beach Park (South)
North Halama Street
Kamaole III Beach Park
Keawakapu Beach Park
Half a mile from the Wailea Resort area
Past Kihei is Wailea and Makena
(no photos of Wailea)
Makena Beach Park
Makena State Recreational Beach ("Big Beach")
Makena Beach State Park Makena
Big Beach at Makena is one of Maui's signature beaches with a
seemingly endless expanse of white sand. Picnic facilities
and restrooms are available. The adjacent Little Beach is an
informal (and nominally illegal) clothing optional beach with
excellent body surfing.
Maluaka Beach Makena
This beach, adjacent to the Maui Prince Hotel, offers excellent
swimming and snorkeling. Keep your eyes peeled for the green
sea turtles which are abundant here.
Beach Accommodations Just North of Kihei
From North to South: Islands Sands, Sugar Beach,
maui Lu, Kihei Bay Surf, Menehune Shores,
Kauhale Makai,and Luana Kai. All of these hotels
and condominiums are located north of the Azeka Centers
Beaches on North Kihei Road
The beach in this area is known as Sugar Beach
and it is located adjacent to the
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge.
Accomodations in this area, include Kealia Condo, Sugar Beach Resort,
Kihei Sands, Nani Kai Hale, Kihei Kai, Maalaea Surf
Kihei Beach Resort.
All of these resorts are located directly on the beach.
Beaches on North Kihei Road
The Kihei Canoe Club is based at the Kihei Wharf
Maipoina Oe Iau Beach Park
Beach Between Ohukai Road and Kaonoulu Street
The accommodatoins in this area are located across
the street from the Beach. They include
Nona Lani Cottages, Kihei Holiday,
Sun Seeker, Kulani Kai, and the Maui Lu.
Kaonoulu Beach at Maui Lu Resort
(see USGS Photo)
Beach Kaonoulu Street and Kulanihakoi Street
Accommodations in this area include Kihei Bay Vista,
Koa Resort, Kihei bay Surf, Kihei Resort, Menehune Shores,
and the Koa Lagoon. Most of these accommodations
are across the road from the beach, but the Menehune
Shores and the Koa Lagoon are located directly on the beach.
Beaches Near Kulanihakoi Street and Waipulani Road
The accommodatoins in this area are located
directly on the beach,and they include
Kauhale Makai, Maui Schooner, Luana Kai, Lanakila,
Leinaala, Waipuilani, and the Maui Sunset.
Gap with no Hotels and Long's Center
(is there a park here?)
Beaches on Uluniu Street
The accommodatoins in this area are all across the
road from the beach, and they include
Hale Kai O Kihie, Kihei Manor, and the Kihei Moana.
Between Lipoa Street and Welakahao
Kihei Road goes away from the beach in
this area, and while there is another beach
road here - Halama Street - it is primarily
a residential area. There are two accommodations
located nearEast Lipoa Street however:
Kapalani Kai and the Waiohuli Beach Hale
(are noth of these condos?)
Shoreline Along Halama Street
Kalama Beach Park in Kihei is a 36 acre oceanfront park with
a white sand beach, shady lawns and palm trees.
Charlie Young Beach Park
The Kihei Park Shores accommodations
are located across the street
from Charlie Young Beach Park.
The Shores of Maui are located across
the road from Cove Park.
Between Cove Park and Kamaole Beach Parks
Accommodations on the beach in this
area include Lihikai Cottages, Lihikai Cottages,
Punahoa Beach Apartments, The Flags,
Beach Cove, and Hale Mahialani.
Accommodations across the road and
a few blocks inland in this area
include Kihei Villa, Maui Vista, Pacific
Shores, the Maui Coast Hotel,and
the World Mark Trendwest.
The Koa Kai and the Maui View are
located a few blocks inland.
Kamaole Beach Park I
This is the most northern of the three Kamaole beachesj and
it is located just south of the Azeka Centers and Foodland
on South Kihei Road. Accommodations across the street from
Kamaole Beach #1 include the Shores of Maui, the Maui Vista,
the Maui Coast, and the Kihei Alii Kai.
Kamaole Beach Park II
Accommodations across the street from Kamaole Beach #2 include
the Kihei Kai Nani and the Kihei Akahi.
The only accommodations directly on any of three
Kamaole Beaches are the Royal Mauian, the Mamaole nalu,
and the Hale Pau Hana. Across the road from the beach
are the Kamaole Beach Royal, the Kihei Alii Kai, the
Kamaole Beach Club, and Kihei Kai Nani, and and the Kihei Akahi.
Kamaole Beach Park III
Accommodations across the road from Kamaole Beach #3 include
the Haleakala Shores, the Maui Park Shores, the Kamaole Sands,
Hale Kamaole, Maui Kamaole,
East of Kamaole Beach III
Accommodations directly on the beach in this area
icnlude the Kihei Surfside, the Mana kai Resort,
the Maui Oceanfront Inn, and Hale Hui Kai.
Across the road from the beach are the Maui Hill and the Keawakapu
Kewakapu Beach Park
Narrow and often rather privatebeach.
(northern-most beach in Wailea?)
You can locate the parking lot for the north end of this beach
by going straight ahead where the Kihei Road curves to the left
to enter Wailea. There is actually a sign directing you to the
beach parking. There is another parking lot located at the
southern end of the beach.
Where are these beach parks?
Poolenalena Beach Park
Waipuilani Park (Kihei Beach Reserve)
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