Kamaole Beach is located a few miles north of Makena Beach and the Wailea
hotels and resorts on the south coast of the island of Maui. About ten miles
inland is the Polipoli State park, a truly off-the-beaten-path wilderness area
with numerous camping sites
and excellent mountain hiking
trails. This is also a prime hunting location, and it is recommended that you
wear orange during the hunting season. Set along the Kihei
coastline, Kamaole Beach Park includes three beaches out of a long stretch of
about ten miles of beaches that run from Kealia Pond, a wonderful National Wildlife
Refuge and one of the few natural wetlands on the Hawaiian Islands, on the north
to the famous Wailea Golf Course, designed by legendary golf course architect
Robert Trent Jones on the south. There are so many beaches here that just asking
for directions to Kamaole Beach will get you to the right stretch of coast.
Kamaole Beach II
Kamaole Beach Park is divided into three distinct beaches, which are named
simply Kamaole Beach I through Kamaole Beach III, and each has its own attractions.
All offer fine white sands and crystal blue waters with lovely mountain backdrops,
but each attracts a different kind of visitor. For instance, Kamaole Beach II
is known for its excellent snorkeling,
diving, and pole fishing off the rocky lava outcroppings that separate it from
the other two. There are also numerous Maui
vacation rentals right along the shore here. Like its neighbors, Kamaole
Beach II has lifeguard stations, one of the attractions for novice swimmers
and families with children. Each Kamaole Beach in the string has ample parking,
bathrooms, and showers.
Kamaole Beach Resorts
Kamaole Beach Park also contains the largest of the three beaches—Kamaole Beach I, considered the loveliest of the three. This has wonderful swimming conditions, as well as a grassy area excellent for picnics, flying kites, and napping. Consistent waves makes this beach popular with local boogie boarders and body surfers. Other nearby attractions include the Makena golf courses, and there is good hiking inland at the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area. This area puts you on the slopes of Haleakala, the volcano that comprises a large percentage of the island. Up here you will find the huge Ulupalakua Ranch, a working cattle ranch that is also home to the famed Tedeschi Winery.
Kamaole Beach III
Kamaole Beach III is the southernmost of the three beaches. Adjacent to the state park, this is where many of the locals enjoy the traditional family Maui luau on weekends and during the holidays. This is the most laid-back of the three beaches and is probably the most popular one with locals because it is the farthest from the commercial district of Kihei. Thus, there are fewer tourists and less glitz. There are also no lifeguards. During the whale watching season, from November through April, you can sometimes see the great animals frolicking with one another in the waves quite close to the shore. This beach is also renowned for its spectacular sunsets, and many Maui weddings are held here.