Little Beach

Little Beach is where you go on Maui if you want to get nude with a bunch of other people on a beautiful beach.

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Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Little Beach is where you go on Maui if you want to get nude with a bunch of other people on a beautiful beach.
Minuses: It gets crowded and it is on a lot of visitor’s bucket lists.
Sound-bite: “oowwwww…I forgot to apply sunscreen…”

Makena Little Beach

Little Beach from the end of the trail (Sorry, can’t go further with the camera – you’ll have to see for yourself!)

DETAILS:
The draw for most visitors here is nudity. While public nudity is technically illegal in Hawaii, it has been generally accepted that this is a nude beach, and the law is not enforced here.

There is also a drum-circle and fire dancing on Sunday afternoons into the evening.

There is also decent boogie-boarding and surfing from this beach.

Helicopter view of Makena State Park (Little & Big Beach):

Access to Little Beach is from Big Beach. Park at the first Big beach lot, and walk to the North (right) end of the beach. There is a trail over the rocky outcrop of an old lava flow.

Video: Ocean Kayak POV

Key Info:
Location: Walk from Big Beach Lot 1 on Makena Alanui Rd., (4 Mi S of Grand Wailea Resort)
GPS Coordinates: 20.634873,-156.451921
Facilities: (At Big Beach) Bathrooms, lifeguards, picnic tables.
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  1. pamela says:

    I lived on Makena for a year when I was very young (about 46 years ago). There were several of us scattered in the Kiave forest (wear good flipflops even thought you’re naked!!). I lived in the cave at the west end of Big Beach, which really only meant I had a small place of privacy from time to time. The local police would hide in the forest and occasionally raid the beach. I was caught once and taken to jail. The judge let me go and made me promise to wear clothes. Hawaii was very liberal and free then. It was one of the best years of my life.

  2. frank says:

    Last week in March…Have visited this beach a couple of times in the last few weeks. Last week, I was tanning at the beach when all of a sudden a woman starting screaming for help while in the ocean and not too far out. A bunch of guys nearby came to her assistance and pulled a guy up to the beach and started performing CPR. After a while Fire rescue personnel were summoned and showed up, along with police, to try and revive this man. Unfortunately for this man, he passed away right there at the beach. It turned out that his neck was broken from being hit by a wave.

    Never saw anything in the news about this man dying at Little Beach from breaking his neck from being hit by the waves. It should have been reported to let the visitors know just how serious it can get by being hit by the waves.

  3. We went 1/2016 Had a terrific time! Yes still VERY MUCH a nudist paradise and definitely full Monty. Current ratio was about40/60 40 nude 60 clothed. It is a very long walk from the car, Bring appropriate supplies for the amount of time you plan to spend. Very limited shade, and no bathroom areas anywhere near (over hill at Big Beach). The hike is only difficult After Dark, if you plan to stay that late bring a pen light for the rocks you have to climb through. Sunday is the best day to go for the entertainment (meaning of course the drum circle) it is much cooler than other posts seem to make it. There are several people doing fire juggling at night and makes for an unforgettable experience. Do not go if you do not plan on getting naked, there are a lot of gawkers (groups that are clothed there only to say they went to a nude beach). There are a ton of other beaches you can go, to just lay out in a suit and get some sun. It is hard enough to find an area where it is acceptable still. It would be nice if all attenders were actually there to practice this freedom, and help to make it more acceptable.
    Not to mention some of the more shy in the group, were made more self conscious by the others “just watching”. So it took them almost an hour before they finally went just topless, when in other areas, I have seen them strip down fully in seconds where there are no “gawkers”. Just so the inexperienced know, there are all shapes, sizes, colors, hairy, trimmed, and bald in attendance.
    So do not be shy, it’s not a competition, or any judgment. It is the ability to practice a freedom that is repressed in most all other areas. You will be surprised how free it will make you feel, and more welcome in the community.
    Have a Beautiful Day, and Enjoy The sun while we have it.

  4. Craig Fisher says:

    Had a great time at Little Beach on 6/18/2015. Lots of people enjoying the freedom of sans clothing. It is a wonderful place to get in contact with Mother Nature and beautiful people. I would advise anyone that wants to be uninhibited to go spend some relaxing time there.
    The one warning I will give you is there is a very limited amount of shade on or around the beach that you can sit or lay comfortably. My advice is to take an umbrella and a portable lounger in with you as well as a lot of cold beverages in with you if you plan on spending much time there.

  5. Rick James says:

    When considering the law about nudity, you must include court decisions. The court decisions reflect the actual enforceable law. The Hawaiian Supreme Court decided on a case in Oahu, Polo Beach, involving beach nudity. The Supreme Court ruled in the nudists favor. Simple nudity does not cause an “affront” to someone else and especially if they are also a nudist. The Supreme Court decision affects all Hawaiian Islands. So, technically under the prescribed Court decision, nudity is legal. If interested, you can find out more about the case by doing an Internet search.

  6. There were plenty of people there today in the nude. No cops. No issues. We were shocked at first, but later learned from the hotel that it’s the norm.

  7. Cory Bosse says:

    Just thought I’d give you a little update about Little Beach, since I got the information of it from your page. I went there tonight and when I came out there was a cop keeping out angry native Hawaiians who wanted to come in and cause problems due to the fact that it was apparently an ancient sacred burial ground which has since been desecrated. I’m not sure how things will go down, but it may be worth mentioning that Little Beach could be an unsafe place to be in the coming months.

    Hope that is helpful! Thank you!

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