Makena State Park and Big Beach

Posted by Evan Harlow R(S) 82003 on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 9:58am.

South Maui's Favorite Destination Beach

 Big Beach Makena Maui

Beachgoers seeking an undeveloped shoreline appreciate the beautiful beaches in Makena State Park. This pristine site encompasses a stretch of Maui's southwestern coastline adjoining a thickly forested hillside. It offers magnificent Pacific Ocean views.

About Makena Beach State Park

This popular Hawaii State Park contains an eye-catching section of Maiu's shoreline, including several beaches. The most prominent, Big Beach, offers a broad expanse of fine white sand. It forms a thick crescent covering a length of nearly 3,300 feet. In some places, the beach spans widths of 100 feet between the water's edge and the adjoining hillside.

The sandy surface continues far offshore. Occasional rocky outcroppings of hardened black lava punctuate this location. Rocks appear especially prominent on the fringes of the beachfront.

Pu'u Ola'i: an Important Landmark

Perhaps the most distinctive landmark in the area, a 360-foot high cinder cone named "Pu'u Ola'i, juts into the ocean on the northern side of Big Beach. Today vegetation covers portions of this rounded dome. It separates the biggest beachfront in the State Park from a much smaller, more sheltered, "Little Beach" extending to the north. Little Beach being known for its 'clothing optional approach' as well as the Sunday night drum circle parties.

Pu'u Ola'i showcases the importance of volcanic activity in the formation of Maui's scenic shoreline. Just like Molokini some distance away, it frequently attracts the interest of geologists. The site furnishes panoramic views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean waters.

Enjoy Water Activities

Maui Big Beach

The long beachfront at Makena State Park appeals to vacationers and full-time residents alike. This scenic tropical oceanfront supplies a popular location for a variety of water activities. At various times, beachgoers swim, snorkel, surf, bodysurf, fish, and paddle watercraft along this strip of coastline.

The park supplies port-o-potties and trash cans close to the two primary "Big" beach entrances and the third entrance being undeveloped. However, since this area remains largely undeveloped, beachgoers discover fewer facilities here than in more developed sites. The length of the beach and the absence of protective offshore reefs sometimes result in very strong swells reaching the shore.

A Warm, Sandy Beach

The thick layer of fine white sand here attracts the public to Makena State Park's tropical beachfront. This sandy site furnishes a popular location for activities like picnics, sandcastle building, and sunbathing. The surrounding park encompasses a total of 164.4 acres. Nature photographers discover many opportunities to enjoy capturing images of plants and wildlife.

Large waves sometimes crash onto the shore close to the water's edge. The swells may overpower inexperienced swimmers. Reportedly, in response to serious accidents caused by dangerous shore break conditions, the State recently placed two lifeguard stations on this beach. Lifeguards offer helpful information to beachgoers about current water conditions.

Real Estate in Makena

All Property Types in Wailea/makena

141 Properties Found. Page 1 of 12.
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New Listing

3800 Wailea Alanui Dr M111, Wailea/Makena

$2,750,000 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,899 Sf

MLS® # 389935

Fee Simple
Wailea Realty+WindermereRE (W)
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New Listing

3386 E Lani Ikena Way, Wailea Pualani, Wailea/Makena

$1,788,800 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,360 Sf

MLS® # 389878

Fee Simple
Compass
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65 Hale Noho Way, Wailea Fairway Estates, Wailea/Makena

$2,250,000 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,509 Sf

MLS® # 389823

Fee Simple
Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC
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10 Wailea Ekolu Pl 108, Wailea Ekolu, Wailea/Makena

$995,000 - 1 Bed, 2 Baths, 866 Sf

MLS® # 389824

Fee Simple
Wailea Realty+WindermereRE (K)
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4000 Wailea Alanui Dr 2503, Wailea Point, Wailea/Makena

$4,995,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,959 Sf

MLS® # 389800

Fee Simple
Wailea Point Realty, Inc.
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3950 Kalai Waa St W101, Wailea Fairway Villas, Wailea/Makena

$790,000 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 949 Sf

MLS® # 389802

Fee Simple
Maui Real Estate Advisors LLC
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4000 Wailea Alanui Dr 802/804, Wailea Point, Wailea/Makena

$7,659,000 - 4 Beds, 6 Baths, 4,821 Sf

MLS® # 389789

Fee Simple
Coldwell Banker Island Prop(S)
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1 La'i Loa 8b, La'i Loa at Wailea Hills, Wailea/Makena

$2,250,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,742 Sf

MLS® # 389756

Fee Simple
Polaris Pacific
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71 Poailani Pl 14, Kanani Wailea, Wailea/Makena

$1,397,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,229 Sf

MLS® # 389761

Fee Simple
RE/MAX Resort Realty
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155 Wailea Ike Pl 167, Grand Champions, Wailea/Makena

$699,000 - 1 Bed, 2 Baths, 908 Sf

MLS® # 389739

Fee Simple
Hawaii Life (W)
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3950 Kalai Waa St F102, Wailea Fairway Villas, Wailea/Makena

$785,000 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 949 Sf

MLS® # 389702

Fee Simple
Coldwell Banker Island Prop(S)
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193 E Ikea Moku Pl, Wailea Kialoa, Wailea/Makena

$2,995,000 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,118 Sf

MLS® # 389710

Fee Simple
Wailea Realty+WindermereRE (W)

Discover Privacy in Makena

The lack of development in this area means beachgoers won't discover Makena real estate for sale within the immediate vicinity. To visit Makena State Park on a daily basis, you might consider selecting accommodations in Makena or Wailea. Some luxurious residential communities supply superb housing in this region of Maui.

For example, sometimes visitors search for vacation rental condos at the Makena Surf at 4850 Makena Alanui. It enjoys a coastal location some distance away from the State Park (yet within easy commuting range). Full-time residents seeking high-end properties might select luxury homes at Na Hale O Makena at 125 Makena Alanui. The opulent condominium development overlooks the Pacific Ocean outside Wailea. These trendy subdivisions, and many others, provide proximity to Makena State Park and lovely Big Beach!

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