sobin an effort to find an easier beach to enjoy we returned to kihei. the makena beach was just too much that day. so we drove out of wailea (a gaudy manicured orange county town to us) and went to a more waikikiesque town of kihei again. a break at ululani's shaved ice and a spam musubi (sushi) perked us up.
after a snack we drove down the main kihei drag past a bunch of resorts, condos, and timeshares to a locals beach. we had been there the day before watching the sunset. kamaole beach park III.
kamaole beach park III literally has the III in the name. there are three seperate beaches named kamaole. we liked the first but the parking was full. the second we didnt like as much. the III was just right. It helped that we had already been there the day before and it funningly reminded me of Thurston Howell the III from giligan's island.
this is a family beach and park. there is a large green space for locals to set up and grille all day. there were bathrooms, lifeguard station, and shower station. just down a few steps is the beach and on one end seemed like a boogie boarding class learning.
we chose the quieter far south end and it ended up being a great choice. there were rock out croppings to explore and a semi circular line of rocks on the other that turned this beach into a somewhat protected harbor.
low waves on a beach you could walk quite a ways out on meant you could get out in front of the waves breaking for an easier time in the water and not worry about being hit by boogie boarders. the rock wall also helped limit undercurrents especially sideways ones we experienced at makena beach.
overall a nice place to chill, a nice place to start snorkeling, and if you just want to float or bob above waves safely a great option.
a short ride back to haiku to shower and we decided to drive 5 miles upcountry to makawo. not much there but a few boutiques, restaurants, cows/goats, and locals. being upcountry a little bit different terrain was seen and feeling a world away from the beach. But what views. By then it was getting dark so we grabbed a bite from a food truck, grabbed some fresh fruit, and a beer to head back to the haiku plantation inn to decompress and write on the blog.
The Randalls. Neil who is married to Cheryl have been planning a Maui vacation for months. We are sharing a few things to do in Maui on this Maui Travel Blog