The Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku was built in 1876 by the Reverend Edward Bailey. It was named after Hawaii’s Queen Ka’ahumanu, who had just recently converted to Christianity.
Hawaiian words beginning with the letter K are very common. The two articles ke and ka translate to the in english. Ko is the Hawaiian word for sugar cane, and kai means sea.
Kahakuloa Bay is at the entrance to the small village of Kahakuloa. There is no way to get to the bay except for local fishermen. There are a couple fruit and snack stands as you make your way past the village.
Kahakuloa Head is the large rock formation on the east side of Kahakuloa that can be seen from great distances. There’s a trail leading to it, but not a visitor destination
The road that goes around this north side of the island can get very narrow near Kahakuloa. This photo shows the most narrow of spots, where it is only a one-lane road at the edge of a cliff with no guard rail.
Kahekili Beach Park north of Ka’anapali is the best all-around family beach on this side of the island. Covered picnic areas and a large grassy area allow for lots of residents on the weekends.
Kahekili Beach Park has a long beach running each direction. The waters are normally calm, and a good place to take a dip in the ocean. Located just north of Ka’anapali, it has ample parking. It has all facilities, but no lifeguards.
Kahului Harbor is where all ocean freight and cruise ships dock on Maui. There is no recreational boating out of this harbor. The harbor is used mostly by local canoe clubs and surfers.
The photo above shows the view from Kalahaku Overlook, a mile or so below the main Haleakala Visitor Center. You’ll see a sign along the road indicating this site.
Kalama Park in Kihei is the largest grassy park on this side of the island. Popular for local activities on the weekend. Very small sandy beach.
Kalepolepo Park in Kihei is a very small park next to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Used mostly by residents and visitors living nearby.
Kamaole Parks l, ll and lll are virtually one very long beach park along the Kihei coast split into three separate parks. Take your pick.
Kamaole Parks ll and lll have more parking than Kam 1. All three Kams have all facilities, and are very popular with local residents on the weekend.
Kamaole Park lll has the best snorkeling of the three because it has a more rocky shoreline in spots. Great parks to watch the sunset.
Located on 5.6 acres, Kamehameha lll School in Lahaina serves pre-school through 5th grade. No parking in front of this school on Front Street during school hours.
Kanaha Pond in Kahului is the most convenient place to see waterfowl on Maui. It is home to three endangered Hawaiian birds. Migrating birds flying across the Pacific Ocean stop here to rest and feed.
Kanaha Beach on the North Shore in Kahului is best place on the island to see wind- and kitesurfers. You’ll see them all along this area. Pick your spot when the wind comes up, and see this colorful sport close-up.
If you want to get away from the crowds and relax on a long white sand beach, Kapalua Bay in Kapalua is your beach. Parking is very limited, and you have to walk down steps to the beach. Has a shower, and nothing else. No street signs indicating its location.
Kapalua Beach in Kapalua is another one of Maui’s beaches that has been rated “America’s Best Beach” at one time or another. All facilities at this beach in an up-scale location. Cars are parked on the street for a good distance during the season.
On the drive to Hana you’ll come upon Kaumahina Park just before Ke’anae. It has the nicest public restrooms on this side of the island, and has a good view of the Ke’anae Peninsula in the distance. A popular stop for tour vans.
The Ke’anae Arboretum in Ke’anae is the most convenient place along the drive to Hana to see all the native plants of Hawaii. There’s a stream, and a trail that passes many of the plants that have name markers for them.
The Kealia Bird Sanctuary at Ma’alaea is an excellent place to take a walk along a boardwalk and look for the many native and migratory birds of Hawaii. The beach fronting it is excellent when the tradewinds are not blowing, which they usually are.
The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Sanctuary on Route 311, just before Kihei, is an excellent place to learn about our migrating and native Hawaiian birds.
Keawakapu Beach in Kihei, just before Wailea, is a popular beach for visitors. It fronts several large condominiums, and there’s a parking lot across the street.
Originally built with grass, Keawalai Church in Makena was later rebuilt with stone in 1838. It’s the most hawaiian and historic on Maui. It has an active congregation, with Sunday services.
Keokea Park in Upcountry Keokea is a popular park for residents on the weekend. The park isn’t near a visitor area, so visitors don’t frequent it.
At 101 acres, Keopuolani Park in Kahului is by far the largest park on Maui. On the weekends it is packed, with nearly every form of outdoor family sporting activity taking place at its many courts and fields.
Kepaniwai Park in ‘Iao Valley is named for a major historical battle took place here in King Kamehameha’s quest to united the Hawaiian islands. It is also called Heritage Gardens for all the small cultural houses representing the early peoples that came to Maui to work in the sugar and pineapple fields.
The Kihei Boat Landing in Kihei is where visitor and resident recreational boats are launched. From here is where all snorkelers, divers and fishmen depart for Molokini and all sites along this Kihei coast. Has showers and restrooms. Additional parking next to it.
Kihei Canoe Club in north Kihei is the oldest canoe club on this side of the island. You can usually see them training on the weekends. The old rock structure next to it used to be a pier where harvested sugar was loaded onto waiting boats.
The area in front of the Lahaina Library on Front Street in Lahaina was the taro patch of Kamehameha lll. It is said that he worked the patch to show his subjects the dignity of labor. This taro patch could be seen as late as the 1950’s.
Located on the grounds of the Ritz Carlton Kapalua in Kapalua, the Kumulani Chapel has Sunday services, and hosts occasional weddings.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
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