Top things to do in Makena

Top Choice Beach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a mile …
State Park in Makena

Makena State Park

Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a Hawaiian beach – beautiful and expansive, with virtually no dev…
Bay in Makena

Makena Bay

Want to kayak along the coast? Then drop into this pretty bay. There’s no better place on Maui for kayaking – as you might surmise from the collection of kayak-tour vans parked here every morning. When seas are calm…
Beach in Makena

Maluʻaka Beach

Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind the now-closed Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to glimpse the surprisingly graceful sea turtles that feed along t…
Food Truck in Makena

Jawz Fish Tacos

Get your beach snacks – tacos, burritos, shave ice – at this food truck beside the northernmost Big Beach parking lot.
Beach in Makena

Little Beach

Those folks with the coolers and umbrellas, walking north from the sandy entrance to Big Beach? They’re heading to Little Beach, which is part of Makena State Park. Also known as Puʻu Olaʻi Beach, this cozy strand i…
Beach in Makena

Secret Cove

This lovely, postcard-size swath of sand, with a straight-on view of Kahoʻolawe, is worth a peek – although it’s no longer much of a secret. The cove is 440yd after the southernmost Makena State Park parking lot. Th…
Church in Makena

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church

One of Maui’s earliest missionary churches, its 3ft-thick walls were constructed of burnt coral rock. In the seaside churchyard take a look at the old tombstones adorned with cameo photographs of the Hawaiian cowboy…