This unique area on the west side of Maui resembles something from another planet. An example of the amazing ancient volcanic forces at work, the area was aptly named Dragon's Teeth because the rock structures look like large, terrifyingly jagged teeth. Located in Kapalua adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Hotel and sprawling golf course, Dragon's Teeth is a sacred spot that was an ancient burial ground. Visitors are asked to respect the area while enjoying the natural beauty.
AT A GLANCE:
During the time period of ancient Hawaii when the Maui Volcano was active, molten lava from the volcano flowed freely into the ocean where it was pushed back by strong ocean currents and winds. After being forced back ashore, it cooled into the stunning formations of Dragon's Teeth (also called Makaluapuna Point.) This was one of the last lava flows on the island, adding to the uniqueness of the sight. The frequent spray of salt water over the rocks over the years has bleached the color of the lava, so the originally black "dragon's teeth" are now white.
There is a small parking lot at the end of Lower Honoapiilani Rd. Visitors can park here, and then walk along the edge of the golf course toward the ocean. Be sure to stay to the right of the signs separating the narrow walkway from the golf course.
Just a short drive from most of West Maui's resorts, Dragon's Teeth is a beautiful place to watch the sun rise or set. Sea turtles can often be spotted as they swim up around the rocks.
Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Kapalua, HI 96761
From Ka'anapali or Lahaina, take highway 30 (Honoapiilani Highway) north toward Kapalua. Turn left onto Office Road (just past mile marker #30). At the end of Office Road, turn right (Lower Honoapiilani Rd) and park in the small parking lot. There is a narrow walkway along the edge of the golf course heading down to the rocky point jutting out into the ocean; this is Dragons Teeth.