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“Fantastic long sandy beach”
Review of Keawakapu Beach

Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Wailea
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

One of the best beaches in Maui...or anywhere, though there are no lifeguards. This long sandy beach is a wonderful place to spend the day. There are at least three public entrances, each with showers. My only critique is that there is very little shade on this beach. Otherwise, it's wonderful so bring your own shade if you really need it.

The first entry is at a small parking lot just south of Mana Kai and just north of the Maui Oceanfront Inn. This is also where it may be the most crowded as there are three hotels right here, all of which would direct their guests to this part of the beach.

The second entry is across from a larger public parking lot where Kilohana Dr. meets S. Kihei Rd.

The third entry is another small parking lot at the end of S. Keihei Rd. This one is easy to miss because S. Kihei road splits off from the main drag, which becomes Okolani Dr. S. Kihei Rd at this point becomes a small neighborhood street and runs into a dead end, which is where the parking is. Feel free to gawk at the private beachfront homes here; if you've an extra $8-10 million or so to spend, perhaps you could even buy one!

Have fun, swim with a buddy, and wear lots of sunscreen.

8  Thank BarkaLounger
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

My family and I enjoyed a day at Keawakapu (pronounced Key-ahv-ahkah-pooh). This is a beautiful, long beach in South Maui, on the border of Kihei and Wailea. Sporadically along this coast, there's some rock outcroppings, but for the most part, it's a great beach to swim at. The North end, next to the Mana Kai has the most rock and most people. The rest of the beach is a bit less crowded.

7  Thank Local_Maui_Hawaii
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

In mornings it frequently is calm as a pool and is great for easy swimming and great for snorkeling. Most of beach is soft sand bottom and is great for gearing up your mask and fins for a short swim to the point where the lava flow entered the ocean. Great assortment of fish and turtles gather around the lava point. Some afternoons the trade winds pick up and provide great waves for jumping or diving under and boogie board or body surfing. Usually has plenty of room.

7  Thank DanWaileaMaui
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Reviewed 14 May 2008

This is an all around great beach for just about any activity. We used it for jogging and walking in the morning, going all the way south to Mokapu/Ulua beaches. Came back for snorkeling a little later. The best snorkeling is just out from the lava points in the middle of the beach and then down by the Mana Kai resort. If the surf is up a little, you can bodyboard. Later, watch the sunset and see great views of West Maui. Like a lot of South Maui beaches, you can walk into the ocean on fine sand out about 20 or 30 feet and keep your head above water. This beach does get a lot of use but feels almost empty because of its tremendous length. Parking can be found at the corner of South Kihei Rd and Kilohana - walk across the street an a few houses north to the beach access sign. Showers located there. Access also at the dead end of South Kihei Rd.

10  Thank Julauf
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