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Mai Poina 'Oe Ia'u - AKA Kohea Kai Resort Beach

Mai Poina Beach

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The perfect place for leisurely morning walks or sunset gazing, Mai Poina is often much less crowded than its South Kihei counterparts. Enjoy a peaceful picnic, but be prepared for possible high winds in the afternoon hours!

  • Pros

  • Positive Beach attributes
  • Not Crowded

    While South Kihei and Wailea beaches are often teeming with travelers and residents, this beach is long enough that you won't have to share with many others.

  • Great for Leisure or Fitness

    Perfect place to enjoy an evening sunset or afternoon picnic, go for an early morning jog or whale watch during winter months.

  • Easy Access

    On the north end of the beach, there's plenty of parking along South Kihei Road.

  • Board Sports

    When there's swell, this is a great spot for Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing. When Kona winds switch on, this area is very popular for Kite and Wind Surfing.

  • 72% Positive

  • Cons

  • Negative Beach attributes
  • Water Clarity

    While much less crowded, the water tends to be more mixed up here and less ideal for snorkeling than other beaches in South Kihei.

  • Windy

    When Kona winds occasionally blow, this is one of the windier areas of the island, creating ideal conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers but making it less comfortable to lay out. 

  • No Lifeguards

    Small crowds and no lifeguards mean you need to be aware and safe in the water when swimming here.

  • 28% Negative


Directions to Mai Poina 'Oe Ia'u Beach

From Kahului Airport 15-20 minutes

Make a left onto Mokulele Highway (311) and head south. Make a right onto North Kihei Road and an immediate left onto South Kihei Road. Beaches will be on your right hand side.

From Lahaina Airport 25-35 minutes

Drive south on the Honoapiilani Hwy (ocean on the right). Pass Maalaea Harbor, and take a right onto South Kihei Rd. Sugar Beach will be on your right hand side.

Nearby Accommodations

Kohea Kai Maui Resort

Located on the north end of South Kihei Road, this beautiful upscale boutique resort offers free deluxe breakfast, no resort fee, 24 hour room service, concierge service, 24-hour desk, complimentary adventure equipment and sits directly across the street from  Mai Poina 'Oe Ia'u Beach Park.


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