off Makena Alanui Road, South Maui
Official named Makena Beach, this lovely sandy beach is almost 2/3 of a mile long and over 100 yards wide. It is often referred to as THE beach on Maui. Often crowded on weekends, there is a second section of the beach connected by a path on the right. This smaller beach area is referred to as "Little Beach". The division between Big Beach and Little Beach was caused by a lava flow and earthquake in 1790. The hill dividing the beaches is called Pu'u Ola'i or Earthquake Hill.
Services and Amenities
Paved parking lots
Good swimming, snorkeling, body boarding
Nude sunbathers often frequent "Little Beach"
Seasonal high surf
Monitor ocean conditions closely. Strong currents and surf possible. Obey all postings and warnings.