Maha'ulepu (Kawailoa Bay)

A.K.A. Kawailoa Bay • Photo by Wasabi
Hanalei Bay

Remote, rugged, historical, and beautiful, Maha'ulepu typically has strong winds. Windsurfing and kite surfing are the most common ocean activities. Occasional snorkeling can occur during extreme calms, which mostly happen in the winter. Dirt parking lot. No facilities.

Things To Do
  • Swimming
  • Exploring
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Beach walks
  • Family days
  • Hiking
Cool Because

Great coastal hikes. Its undeveloped shoreline offers miles of exploring.

Hazards

Strong currents. Dangerous waves breaking on rocks, ledges and reefs. Sharp coral.

Topography

Shoreline of sandy coves and bays with sandstone points. Mixed reef and sand underwater.

Not Good For

Although you will see many windsurfers here, the rough water and reefs make surfing and bodyboarding hazardous. Proceed only with experienced locals.

Preservation

Maha'ulepu is a research site and habitat for endangered plants and animals as well as a sacred area for native Hawaiians. Learn more about preserving this beach by visiting Malama Maha'ulepu.

Surf Forecast

1-3 ft.

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2.6 / 5 (291 votes)

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