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Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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The long, lovely stretch of shoreline that occupies a significant amount of Kihei is broken into three beaches, cleverly named Kama’ole Beach Park 1 (also known as Charley Young Beach), Kama’ole Beach Park 2 and Kama’ole Beach Park 3. You’ll commonly hear them referred to their nicknames, Kam 1, 2 and 3. Each of the three is known for snorkeling and beach lounging, and while Kama’ole Beach Park 1 is the biggest and the best for swimming, Kama’ole 2 is worth a visit.

Something to keep in mind that the fancy guide books and hotel concierge might “forget” to tell you is that there’s another Hawaiian name for Kam 2 — Ili’iliholo — which translates to “running pebbles.” During a storm, crashing waves can strip this beach of sand, leaving behind exposed lava rock that bears a resemblance to river rocks. This, obviously, detracts from the allure of this beach. Though a direct look at the sheer force of Mother Nature is quite astounding and thrilling for most, it makes for less-than-ideal lounging and swimming conditions. 

Venture to either end of this 0.65-mile beach for the best snorkeling, keeping in mind that the lifeguard tower at this point will not be close. Expect to see an array of butterflyfish, ornate wrasse, sturgeonfish and the occasional puffer fish. It’s not unusual to spot a green sea turtle in the area. Keep an eye out for fishermen at the end of the rocky outcroppings. They’ll likely be casting out farther than you’ll be snorkeling but always stay alert.

Amenities for Kam 2 are relatively standard: A lifeguard stand is situated in the middle of the beach, and picnic tables and barbecues are spread out behind. Showers and restrooms are on-site, though parking is not. Arrive early to snag yourself a spot on the street. Most seem to walk to the beach from condos or hotels and the street parking fills up fast. If you’re unable to find a spot, try and grab one in the larger parking lot that serves Kama’ole Beach Park 1.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Broad sandy beach. Proximity to Kihei. Volleyball court. Picnic areas.

Cons

Heavily used. Limited parking.

Features

ADA accessible
Picnic tables
Lodging

Location

Field Guide

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