🏝 Waipu’ilani Beach Park (Maui): Complete 2024 Guide

Waipu’ilani Beach Park Maui blog cover image.  Text overlaying a photo of a small white sand beach with a single palm tree.

Waipu’ilani Beach in Maui is a long, narrow stretch of a coral and sand hybrid adorned by towering palm trees.

It is part of a beach park that is surrounded by condos and features a large grassy knoll that is perfect for relaxing without getting sandy.

The park offers most basic services such as restrooms and picnic benches. It is also one of our favorite destinations for picnics and beach walks.

In this guide, I will explain everything you need to know about Waipui’lani Beach Park, including directions, photos, services, when to visit, and more.

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🌴 About Waipu’ilani Beach Park: Overview


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


The view facing north from Waipu’ilani Beach Park on the Kihei coastline of Maui.

The coastline at Waipui’lani Park features a coarse mixture of sand and coral. It is a particularly narrow stretch of beach leaving limited dry areas of sand to sit, especially at high tide. As a result, you will likely encounter a lot of beach debris on the shore.

Whenever we go to Waipui’lani Park, we find ourselves with the other locals making use of the large grass area and facilities available above the beach. This provides all the perks of a day on the beach without having to deal with sand.

It is an ideal spot for beachcombing, walking, and watching an iconic Maui sunset.

However, it is a worse choice for swimming, snorkeling, and laying out. If this is your goal, I recommend one of the other beaches of Kihei, particularly those further south.

The park also provides tennis courts if you’re feeling a little more energetic.

📍 How to Get to Waipu’ilani Beach Park

Satellite view of South Maui showing location of Waipu’ilani Beach Park

With Navigation: Input “Waipuilani Park Parking” into your navigation for directions to the parking lot.

General Directions: The parking lot can be found on W Waipuilani Road, off of S Kihei Road. This will be a left turn if coming from the south, or a right turn if coming from the north.

🌅 When to Visit Waipu’ilani Beach Park

A view to the south over the sand and palms from Waipuilani Beach Park

The best time to visit Waipui’lani Beach Park is when the tide is out, and/or at sunset.

The westerly views are unobstructed and feature majestic tropical palm trees in the foreground, making it an ideal destination for sunset.

At low tide, there is plenty of beach to stroll and enjoy, though beach shoes may be preferable to bare feet due to the amount of debris that is deposited by the sea here.

During high tide, Waipui’lani Beach almost completely disappears.

📸 Waipu’ilani Beach Park Photo Gallery

  • The view facing north from Waipu’ilani Beach Park on the Kihei coastline of Maui.

Our Waipu’ilani photo gallery above show what we experienced on our first visit.

At this beautiful beach, a large grassy knoll abuts a golden-sand shoreline that is decorated by soaring tropical palm trees.

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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 “Chief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

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