The beaches in Kihei are about 45 minutes away and are the next best thing if the beaches of the north shore are out of the question. If you do decide to visit the beaches in Kihei it is recommended to get an early start to beat the wind.
There are some worthy substitutes for recreational areas that can help to compensate for the lack of Makawao beaches. The Makawao forest reserve is Maui’s prime destination for mountain biking and is one of the islands great hikes.
Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.
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