Best Things to do on Maui: Visit Kama’ole Beach

Sailing off a rocky section on one of the  Kama'ole Beaches

Sailing off a rocky section on one of the  Kama'ole Beaches

Actually, there are three beautiful white-sand Kama’ole Beaches in warm and sunny Kihei. Situated in the rain shadow of the Haleakala volcano, the area is one of the sunniest places in sunny Maui.

From north to south, the Kam 1, Kam 2 and Kam 3 beach parks are located in South Kihei. Kam I, also known as the Charley Young Beach, is the largest beach of the three Kams. The ocean bottom is sandy, but watch for the drop-off! You can find yourself over your head not too far off-shore. Kam 2 is a wide sandy beach near the Maui Banyan resort. There is a bit of a drop-off here too. After big storms sometimes, though, the sand can get washed out to see temporarily. When the beach is scoured in this way, it leaves behind piles of sea-washed volcanic rock. If you want to have a barbecue, picnic or have a small gathering, Kam 3 has a playground and a large grassy park area, where people often hold super “slip and slide” gatherings. Kam 3 tends to be crowded on the weekends and on holidays.   

There are picnic tables, restrooms, outdoor showers and a free parking lot or adjacent free street parking in the parks beside each beach. Lots of facilities are available nearby, including the Dolphin Plaza and Rainbow Mall shopping centers, across the street from Kam 1 and Kam 2. At Boss Frogs in the Dolphin Plaza, you can rent water sports equipment, snorkel gear and cameras.