Pailoa Bay at Waianapanapa State Park off the Hana Highway before Hana has a black sand beach. There’s a walkway leading down to the beach from the parking lot above. CAUTION: Note all warning signs.
Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church in Kipahulu was built in 1864. Its nearby cemetery is the final resting place of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Just past mile marker 41, there are no signs near the road indicating its location.
Palauea Beach in Wailea is another out-of-the-way beach seldom used by visitors. You have to walk through a thorny grove of trees to get to it, but it is an excellent beach. Only a porta potty facility near the road.
Nearing the end of the road in ‘Iao Valley you’ll see a pull-off on the right with a sighting tube pointing up into a small valley. Its pointing at Pali Eleele, with a rock formation at its ridge that resembles the facial profile of President John Kennedy. It can take some looking before this image is seen.
Papalua Beach between Ma’alaea and Olowalu is a popular beach for residents wanting to camp for the weekend. Not used much by visitors. Has porta potty by the road.
The Papawai Point overlook near Ma’alaea looks out over Ma’alaea Bay, with 10,023 foot-high Haleakala in the distance. This can be a popular place to watch the humpback whales during the season of November thru May.
Built in 1901, the Pioneer Inn was the first hotel built in Lahaina. It went through major expansion in the 1960’s. The original portion of existing hotel is at the front, facing the ocean. The hotel was used in several movies and television shows.
Po’olenalena Beach in Makena is another excellent beach not used much by visitors. Has only a porta potty next to the parking lot.
Pohaku Park is located at a popular surf spot in Honokowai called S-Turns. There are no facilities, and the beach and park are used by local surfers when the surf is up.
Polo Beach in Makena fronts the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel, and is used mostly by its guest. There is a large parking lot, and a short walk to the beach. Has all facilities.
The name of the Polo field in Makawao is the Manduke Baldwin Polo Field. The Maui Polo Club has polo on Sundays during the season of April thru June. The first game of polo played on Maui was in 1888.
The Pu’unene Sugar Mill in Pu’unene was the last sugar mill on Maui. Sugar cultivation in Hawaii ended at the end of the November 2016 harvest on Maui. Alternate crops are planned for all the sugar fields in Central Maui.
Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park past Wailua on the drive to Hana has two small waterfalls, picnic tables and restrooms. People can occasionally be seen swimming in the upper pools. Most visitors don’t notice the lower falls and pool closest to the road.
Puamana Park south of Lahaina attracts local surfers when the surf is up on this side of the island. A few surfing schools use this location. Showers and porta potties. Has a gravel beach with no sand.
At the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, this prominent rock formation is commonly known as Black Rock. The ocean around it is a popular snorkel site, and the hotel atop of it has a swimmer make a dramatic dive into the ocean at sunset.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
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