A half-mile long of beautiful white-sand beach framed by some of the island's most expensive homes.
Keawakapu Beach is located between Kihei and Wailea on the south shore of Maui. This half-mile long of beautiful white-sand beach is framed by some of the island's most expensive homes. The beach is a bit difficult to locate because the large residential community that borders it but that helps to keep the crowds from seeking it out as much as other beaches.
The beach is wide with powdery soft white sand and the ocean bottom is sandy, which usually makes for great swimming conditions in the summer months. There is no offshore coral reef to dissipate strong waves. When the surf is high with big swells, it is best to stay out of the water.
About 400 yards offshore, there is an underwater reef of about 150 junk cars, old tires and concrete slabs. The cars were dumped here in 1962 to help protect the shore from erosion. Divers frequent Keawakapu for the view about 85 feet below the surface.
Depending on the season, Keawakapu is good for swimming, snorkeling, boogie boarding and just catching some rays.
There are three access points for the beach. One at the north end of the beach, near the Mana Kai resort there is a parking lot. Near the middle of the beach, there's a parking lot at the corner of South Kihei Road and Kilohana Drive. To reach the south portion of the beach, drive south on South Kihei Road until it dead-ends at the parking lot.