Maui Beaches -- Kahekili Beach Park

Maui Beaches -- Kahekili Beach Park

Kahekili Beach is one of the best Maui beaches for snorkeling and scuba...You can see in the pictures that the reef starts a few feet offshore (dark areas).

It is located North of Black Rock and Ka'anapali Beach in front of the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas...not to be confused with the Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka'anapali which is on the South end of Ka'anapali Beach.

Kahekili is one of several Maui beaches that suffer from identity crisis...actually this is true of many Hawaii beaches. It is known by several different names or nicknames that have stuck. Some people call it North Beach, and others call it Airport Beach because of the old Ka'anapali Airport. Its official name is Ali'i Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach Park...If you prefer to call it that, I'm sure that will impress someone back home.

To make matters more confusing, some people consider this part of Ka'anapali Beach, and don't call it any of the above names. I was told growing up that Ka'anapali Beach ends at Black Rock, so I've always known Ka'anapali and Kahekili as two separate beaches. Actually, I always called it Airport Beach but started calling it Kahekili recently...go figure.

Besides, Kahekili Beach has a totally different feel to it than the area South of Black Rock. The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas didn't go up until 2003, so there was even more of a dramatic difference between the two areas.

Kahekili Beach is popular with both locals and tourists. The area closer to Black Rock in the South (pictured) is better for swimming because of less rocks. It can get rough in the winter.


  • No lifeguards
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Covered picnic areas

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