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Ma'alaea Beach

Hawaii > Maui > Wailuku
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain0 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
Ma'alaea Beach is part of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and is much quieter than other beaches on Maui.

The hike begins by going through a small gap in an old fence, and heading west up the shore. The sights and sounds are pleasant here: the crashing surf covers the roar of the highway, while the mountains of West Maui are infront of you and Haleakala is behind you. After a mile of hiking you will reach a raised boardwalk on the highway side of the beach. The boardwalk offers views of the wetlands of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge as it crosses over it. Birds can be seen here: native birds make the wetlands their home while migratory birds can be seen on the beach. Keep hiking west and turn around when you're ready to return to your car.
Hikers, Dogs

Best time to go
Year-round, sunrise to sunset


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Hike Featured In...
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Maui
By Suzanne Swedo
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 47.188' N
156° 28.129' W

Driving Directions:
From Kahului, drive south on Highway 311. Turn right at Kihei Road (Highway 31) and pass the condos on your left. Look for parking on the left side of the road, just past the condos.
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Weather Report for Kihei, HI
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Isolated showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 60 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 65.1° F
Relative Humidity: 94%
Pressure: 28.42"
Dew Point: 63.3° F

Winds from the SE at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:23 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Mokuahi, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW11)
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 86 at the shore to 68 to 76 upcountry. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 61 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 67 to 86. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 51 to 73. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:19 PM
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