Ma'alaea Beach Walk

Kihei, Hawaii

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This is a stroll along a smooth, sandy beach. As part of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, these few miles of seashore between noisy, hectic Kihei to the south and busy Ma’alaea Village to the north are much less crowded than most of the island’s beaches. Birders can watch for some of the native and migratory bird species that inhabit the adjoining wetland. Go through a gap in the rickety fence and head west along the shore. You are never far from the highway, but the roar of the surf on one side and kiawe trees on the other allow you to forget about the road most of the time. You are in the curve of the isthmus of the island, with the West Maui mountains in front of you and Haleakala behind. There aren’t many shells to admire on this beach but there are hunks of coral and tube worm casts washed up on the sand.

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"This is a stroll along a smooth, sandy beach. As part of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, these few miles of seashore between noisy, hectic Kihei to the south and busy Ma’alaea Village to the north are much less crowded than most of the island’s beaches. Birders can watch for some of the native and migratory bird species that inhabit the adjoining wetland.

Go through a gap in the rickety fence and head west along the shore. You are never far from the highway, but the roar of the surf on one side and kiawe trees on the other allow you to forget about the road most of the time. You are in the curve of the isthmus of the island, with the West Maui mountains in front of you and Haleakala behind. There aren’t many shells to admire on this beach but there are hunks of coral and tube worm casts washed up on the sand."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kihei
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Quad Maalaea
Driving Directions: Directions to Ma'alaea Beach Walk

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May 2018