Makena State Park
Makena State Park - "Big Beach
GPS Address: 6600 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Makena Beach Park, also known as Oneloa Beach, or its most popular name "Big Beach" is located on Maui’s south shore and considered one of the island's best. With lava outcroppings located on each end of the beach that provide protection from the trade winds and a gorgeous mile long stretch of golden sand spanning as wide as 100 feet, this beautiful beach is not only wide and spacious but also hosts pristine blue-green waters and beautiful views of Molokini Crater and the island of Kahoolawe.
When the surf is calm, Makena Beach aka “Big Beach” is a great place to swim, surf, layout, have a picnic or just kickback and or watch the surf. Big Beach is also a popular spot for body boarders and skim boarders alike, as the inclined shoreline and sometimes large shore break makes for ideal conditions. With a seeming never ending expanse of sandy beach front, crystal clear waters and beautiful views, Big Beach is an awesome beach to just kickback, relax, and spend an amazing day in the Hawaiian sun.
Please be advised that during times of high surf at Makena Beach Park aka “Big Beach” we recommend that all visitors should stay out of the water. These high waves can create a strong rip tide and undercurrent that at times can be so rough, that they have resulted in serious neck and spinal cord injuries. This is especially likely if one is trying to body board, or surf.
Extra Info: To the north of this beach is a hill (lava outcropping) called Puu Olai (Earthquake Hill) which was formed by a 1790 lava flow and earthquake. On the other side is another beach, one which is known by two names Pu’u Olai Beach and also referred to as Little Beach.