Hoʻokipa is to daredevil windsurfers what Everest is to climbers. It reigns supreme as the world’s premier windsurfing beach, with strong currents, dangerous shorebreaks and razor-sharp coral offering the ultimate challenge. This is also one of Maui’s prime surfing spots. While the action in the water is only suitable for pros, a lookout point on the eastern side of the park offers spectators a great bird’s-eye view.

Winter sees the biggest waves for board surfers, while summer has the most consistent winds for windsurfers. To prevent turf battles, surfers typically hit the waves in the morning and windsurfers in the afternoon. In the fall the action includes green sea turtles laying eggs on the beach at dusk. Hoʻokipa is just before the 9-mile marker. With a narrow beach and wild surf, this is not the best choice for a long day of sunbathing and swimming.