Description of Hanakao`o Beach Park: The Hanakao`o Beach Park is a favorite among locals. Aptly named by many as Canoe Beach, I spent many summer times at this beach growing up here on Maui namely because of my involvement in outrigger canoe paddling. The two clubs that I paddled for- Na Kai Ewalu and Hawaiian Canoe Club were both based on out of Kahului Harbor but there were several races during the regatta season were held here. There are three canoe clubs that operate at H I would end up getting heat stroke by the end of the day after paddling several different races, chasing girls around the beach, and boogie boarding/skimboarding/or body surfing all day.
There are no oceanfront homes or condominiums that border this beach- the closest development is the start of the hotel stretch as the beach transitions to Kaanapali South Beach with the Hyatt hotel being the southernmost building here. This beach is directly across the street from one of the holes at the Ka’anapali Kai Golf Course.
The water here is spectacular for swimming- there isn’t much of an inner reef but it is truly one of the best spots on the island for swimming laps in the ocean and if you are really serious you can use the 1/4 mile markers that are set up for the canoe races to measure yourself. There are nice sandy bottoms here so it is perfect for relaxed lounging.
Usually, this is a pretty mellow beach but some Saturdays during the summer are chaotic with the canoe regattas. It is also a pretty popular beach considering that there are a number of pavilions, grills, and nice showers in place. I drive past this beach all the time and it is rare that you don’t see someone enjoying this and many times the grills are fired up and there are jumping castles on the lawn for family celebrations.
There is tons of parking here and there is easy direct access of Honoapiilani Hwy.
Beach Length: Approximately 870 Feet.
Beach Type: Fine Sand.
Bottom Type: Sandy.
Is there a lifeguard? Yes, there is a lifeguard at this beach.
Facilities: BBQ Grills, Beach, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Showers.
Hazards: Large Surf, Partially Buried Rocks, Strong Currents.
Beach Access: Dirt Trail.
How hard is it to get there? Easy.
What is this beach best for? BBQ, Body Boarding, Body Surfing, SCUBA Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Watching the Sunrise.
How to get to Hanakao`o Beach Park
Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.
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