Kalepolepo Beach Park

Last updated 15. Jan, 2014 by in Beaches, Beaches | South Maui, South Maui Beaches

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Kalepolepo Beach

Kalepolepo Beach

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: Kalepolepo Beach Park is a historically significant Hawaiian fishpond and a quiet beach for those staying in the area.
Minuses: Out of the way for the bulk of visitors staying further South.
Sound-bite: “It’s nice to have what feels like your own private beach.”

DETAILS:

Note: Our star ratings are a generalized ratings based on how attractive a location is to visitors as a whole. For those more interested in Hawaiian culture or who are staying nearby, this particular beach and cultural site will be of greater interest.

Park grassy lawn

The grassy lawn has BBQs and picnic tables.

A small but lovely beach in North Kihei. This was the historical site of a thriving Hawaiian village, and is an important cultural archeological site for native Hawaiians. In fact, this is among the most accessible fishponds open to the public today.

The ancient Hawaiian fish pond (Ko’ie’ie fishpond, one of three in the area) fronts the beach and walls the water off creating a calm shallow pool that is also perfect for keiki.

Kalepolepo Beach

Kalepolepo Beach

The beach here is small, and uncrowded. With a dozen beaches that are the definition of perfection just minutes away, few visitors from the resorts further south will wind up coming here. From that perspective, this is more in the class of of a “convenience beach” left for residents and visitors staying in the area (yeah, we’re that spoiled here!) For those looking to get away from crowds, Kalepolepo is also a nice escape for a BBQ (there are several in the park) or to simply enjoy a glorious sunset in peace.

An interesting fact is that the water in the fishpond is fed by natural springs just under the surface – ancient Hawaiians understood this, and it is one of the reasons this fishpond was among the highest class reserved only for the use of Hawaiian royalty.

Fishpond

The fiishpond walls can be seen well at low tide.

One reason that you will rarely see visitors here is that the most popular print guidebook for Maui marginalizes the entire northern area of Kihei, and over the years since first publication, his opinions have been repeated as fact throughout much popular tourist information; I mention this here because so many will rely on this misinformation as fact, and the author appears to have carelessly discarded many miles of shoreline with one inaccurate (and self-serving) paragraph. In reality these beaches have much to offer visitors seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences, and this small beach in particular has had many volunteers pour heart, soul, and sweat over many years and countless hours. (If you’re interested in learning more facts about this fishpond, NOAA has a very informative article here.)

Kalepolepo Beach

Kalepolepo Beach

Key Info:
Location: South Kihei Rd, (Turn off after mi 5 from Hwy 31 aka Piilani Hwy)
GPS Coordinates: 20.763696,-156.459147
Facilities: BBQs & Picnic Tables, Port-a-potty. No lifeguards.
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3 Responses to “Kalepolepo Beach Park”

  1. Lorraine Arbuckle

    29. Jan, 2011

    We’re leaving Canada in 6 days to spend 2 weeks at the Menehune Shores Condos. I really enjoyed your video presentation on the fish pond in front of our condo. I look forward to seeing it in person and learning more about the history and restoration plans.

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  2. Vitaliy

    28. Oct, 2012

    We’ve visited this beach today and after reading through this site I think we had the right expectations (as in no showers, no life guard). The place and the view is somewhat nice, but the strong wind that day threw sand and dust making it unfitting for our purposes. It is imho the sort of a beach you could go to sit down and watch the sunset by the ocean – alone or with friends.

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  3. Mary Thompson

    20. Jan, 2014

    This beach is right across the road from the condo that we stayed in and we were there everyday and most evenings too and for the most part no crowds — loved every sunset that we watched here and cant wait until we are able to come back to Maui —love love love this beautiful island

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