🏝 Kalepolepo Beach Park, Maui: Complete Guide (2024)

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Kalepolepo Beach Park is a small, family-friendly beach park in South Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

An ancient fish pond was formed using lava rock, creating a shallow wading pool that has become popular for families with small children. Still, it remains one of the quietest of the 15 beaches in Kihei.

Learn all about this quaint beach park including photos, locations, facilities, and things to do nearby in our complete guide to Kalepolepo Beach Park.

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πŸ– About Kalepolepo Beach Park: An Overview

A view of Kalepolepo Beach facing south


  • Nearest Town: Kihei
  • Parking? Small parking lot + streetside parking
  • Public Bathrooms? Portapotties only
  • Picnic Benches? Yes
  • Showers? Yes
  • Grills? Yes
  • Lifeguard? No


This photo show the wading pool at Kalepolepo Beach in South Maui.

While it is a small beach, Kalepolepo Beach Park is an ideal destination for families with young children. The park offers full facilities as well as a shallow, man-made wading pool that protects tiny swimmers from currents.

In addition, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is located here. This is a fantastic place for kids and parents alike to learn about the humpback whales that migrate past these shores every winter, as well as other local marine life. The visitor center provides exhibits, interactive displays, and discovery programs for all ages with no charge for admission.

Despite being such a great destination for families, Kalepolepo Beach typically sees very few people and can even feel private at times.

Please note that this area is also of cultural importance to native Hawaiians. While little remains, it was once a thriving Hawaiian village.

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πŸ“ How to Get to Kalepolepo Beach Park

Satellite view of the South Kihei region

With Navigation: Simply enter “Kalepolepo Beach Park” into your navigation. This will bring you to the small parking lot for the beach. If this lot is full you will find additional streetside parking.

General Directions: Kalepolepo Beach Park can be found along South Kihei Road. If arriving from the north, follow S Kihei Road South. Look out for the Whale Marine Sanctuary on the right, the parking lot is also on the right just after this.

From Wailea/Kihei to the south, you can either follow S Kihei Road north until you reach the park. Alternatively, it is often quicker to take Piilani Hwy to avoid congestion along the beachfront. In this instance, turn left off of Piilani Hwy onto Kaonoulu St, follow this road to the end then turn left onto S Kihei Road. The parking lot will be on your right almost immediately.

πŸŒ… When to Visit Kalepolepo Beach Park

The best time to visit Kalepolepo Beach Park is from Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, in correspondence with the opening hours for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center.

Additionally, families bringing children to swim in the shallow wading pool may want to avoid high tide.

Other than that, any sunny day is a great one to visit the park or any of the other incredible beaches in Kihei.

πŸ“Έ Kalepolepo Beach Park Photo Gallery

  • A view of Kalepolepo Beach facing south

The Kalepolepo Beach Park photo gallery above provides photographic insight as to what you can expect to see on a trip to this small beach.

A low-rise wall of lava rock is visible in most photos, which was built as a fish pond in ancient times but is now used more frequently as a wading pool for small children.

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Adam Marland is a professional travel blogger and landscape photographer from Oregon. After over a decade of experience as a freelance travel photographer, Adam found national acclaim when he became the National Park Foundation's β€œChief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

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