Keawakapu is located along the scenic West Maui coastline between Wailea Resort to the south and Kihei to the north with great beaches, fun activities and everything you need to enjoy sunny Hawaiian days.
Things To Do
From Keawakapu you have close access to many great beaches and activities from golf to snorkeling and sailing. Head south to enjoy the pristine beaches of Makena and Wailea which are some of Hawaii's finest. From Keawakapu it's a nice jog or walk along the beach to Wailea Resort. Take a day trip to Haleakala National Park to hike into the summit crater and through mountain forests. The drive to Hana town on the eastern tip of Maui is an unforgettable experience full of scenic coastal views, waterfalls and lush, tropical landscapes.
Keawakapu Beach is a golden stretch of sand extending from Mokapu Beach in Wailea to southern Kihei. Snorkeling is good near the rocky outcrops at either end of the beach and is typically best in the mornings as the afternoons can get quite windy. Keawakapu Beach is fairly wide for most of its length providing plenty of room to enjoy the Hawaiian day. There are also some interesting tidepools for exploring. The southern end of the beach has restrooms and a shower, though there are no lifeguards at this beach. South swells during summer create waves outside the reef at the popular surfing spot known as Sidewalks. During the winter months humpback whales are often seen coming very close to shore in this area.
Head north to Kihei for a wide range of restaurant choices. To the south The Shops at Wailea also provides various dining choices along with elegant, upscale restaurants at at the Wailea resorts including the Four Seasons, Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Wailea Beach Marriott and Grand Wailea.
Many interesting shops can be found just to the south in the Wailea Resort area at The Shops at Wailea with more than 70 different merchants including art galleries and boutique shops. Head north to Kihei for a more shopping opportunities with several large malls such as Azeka Place with more than 50 merchants. Farther north you will find a multitude of shops in Lahaina town.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Keawakapu vacation rentals so you have easy access to all of the nearby beaches and attractions from Wailea Resort to the south to the Kihei beaches to the north as well as day trips to Haleakala Volcano and Hana town. Maui's public bus system operates 7 days a week and provides service between most major communities including West, South and Central Maui as well as the Upcountry region.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Keawakapu on Maui's western shore is known for its year-round great weather with abundant sunshine, moderate rain and comfortable temperatures that are usually in the 70s and 80s. Winter temperatures may dip into the 60s and summer temperatures may rise into the 90s on the hottest of days though the tropical trade winds provide a comfortable cooling effect. Keawakapu Beach is usually very calm with glassy conditions in, especially in the morning hours, though midday and afternoons often bring trade winds. Like all Hawaii beaches, conditions can change and you should always use caution before entering the ocean. Inexperienced swimmers are advised to always swim and enjoy ocean activities at lifeguarded beaches. Check with lifeguards before going in the water to learn about the safest areas to swim and enjoy the water activities you choose.
Keawakapu vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and the comforts of home. Browse through our Keawakapu vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Keawakapu accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Keawakapu, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best Keawakapu properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Keawakapu rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
This West Maui region has a rich history dating from the times of the first Hawaiians who lived in small villages and maintained shoreline fishponds. Early attempts at sugarcane plantations in this area failed due to lack of water. When water was brought in from Central and West Maui in the 1960s this area, including Wailea to the south of Keawakapu and Kihei to the north, began to be developed as a tourist destination. You can learn more about West Maui's history on the self-guided Lahaina Historic Trail in Lahaina town. The route is marked with informative bronze plaques about the different eras including whaling, missionaries, and sugarcane.
by Jeff Berzolla