Scenic wildland beach park characterized by prominent cinder cone Puu Olai and large white sand beach. Swimming during calm seas, bodysurfng, board surfng, shore fishing, and beach- related activities. No drinking water. CAUTION: Shore break can be dangerous.
This is no longer a marked trail in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui. You are allowed to
hike it IF you can find the trail, but bottom line, this has not been a certified hike on Maui for the past 3 years. If you can find the trail you can hike it but it has been closed due to injury and fire/rescue people getting tired of all the inexperienced hikers having to be rescued. I repeat this is NO LONGER A MARKED TRAIL IN THE STATE OF HAWAII, ON MAUI.
We started from the north Makena beach parking lot. Very steep ascent in pretty loose soil but only for first 1/4 mile and leads to some amazing views. The next 1/2 mile or so is fairly flat/easy on harder packed dirt trail. After this, as the trail starts descending and heading back towards the coast. From here the trail gets pretty thin and it isn't the easiest to find your way. But you make it down to some amazing beaches. Watch out, the first (small beach) is clothing optional so just be prepared. Overall not a bad hike, some good views for not much work and you end on a breach, but the actual hiking part isn't the best just due to the trail condition.
Very poorly marked trail start. It doesn't look like an official trail so we ignored it. We took the north face from the smaller north Makena parking lot. Not recommended to go this way up or down! Loose and very steep.
Took better route down. Top was nice good views of Molikini, Big Beach, and whales in the ocean. Bring your binoculars.
This ocean front beach walk in Wailea is my favorite early morning walk. Start before dawn (easy if you've just come from the mainland and are jet lagged) and watch the sun come up over Haleakala. A Smoothie stand in the middle is a great place for a break. Look for turtles in the rocky areas just off shore. Several beach access points provide parking, showers, and bathrooms.