Description - This state park encompasses 165 coastal acres south of Wailea on Maui. The site provides access to a variety of beach activities.
- Makena State Park includes a large, white-sand beach, and Pu'u Ola'i cinder cone. The cinder cone is the most prominent feature of this state park and lies north of the beach area. This popular beach is sometimes referred to as "Big Beach". The beach is over one-half mile long and more than 100 feet wide. A lifeguard is on duty but beware of a dangerous shorebreak.
The site has limited development with pit toilets being the only facilities. There is no drinking water available at the site.
Recreation - This state park is an excellent site for beach activities. Water-oriented recreation should be limited to days of calm seas, as at any beach location. Swimming, body surfing, board surfing and shore fishing are all popular activities from Makena's white sands.
Climate - The climate is pleasantly mild on Maui throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island. Temperatures on this island vary more with elevation than seasons. Expect temperatures to drop four degrees F for every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.
This state park is located on the western shore of east Maui, south of Wailea. To access the site travel to the end of Wailea Alanui Road.