Charley Young Beach
A local favorite, this beach is the more quiet end of "Kamaole I" but feels much more remote, due to its being two blocks from busy South Kihei road. Ironwood trees lining this end of the beach provide some rare Kihei beach shade, and the sand coves and shallow waters are a favorite of local families with kids. The sand is fine and soft, and the impressive length of this beach (600 yards) is great for walks and runs. As with other west-facing Kihei beaches, it is a great place to watch sunset.
AT A GLANCE:
HIGHLIGHTS: Sheltered from the road noise, more "wild and natural" than most other Kihei beaches. Less crowded than most Kihei beaches and more wind-sheltered. Connects to Kamaole I creating a long beach for walks or jogging.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, beach walks, snorkeling when calm.
LIFE GUARD: NO, but there is a lifeguard at the far left end of the beach at Kamaole I.
WARNINGS!: The very end of the beach has some underwater rock outcroppings that stretch out into the sand.
AMENITIES: Ample parking in the parking lot, shower and a single portable restroom.
HOURS: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
County of Maui park link:
The sounds of this beach are gentle waves, palms rustling in the soft winds, and children laughing. On windy days, Charley Young is sheltered by the trees and cliffs above it. On rare days of south swells (mostly in the summer) kids of all ages practice their boogie-boarding skills in the shore break. This beach also has a great way to get the best on-site weather report, just check the web cam link below to see if it is a good Kihei beach day.
Charley Young Beach Cam:
There is a large parking lot a block away from the beach so be prepared to walk a short distance to get to the sand. You can practice a little teamwork, and at the end of Kaiau Place at the top of the stairs leading to the beach there are 3 loading zones for unloading of your beach gear. Simply double-park while unloading your gear, then send your designated valet to get the car parked before heading down to the sand.
Traveling through Kihei down (route 31) Pi'ilani Highway, look for Alanui Ke Alii Parkway and turn toward the ocean. At the bottom of the road you will come to a stop light. Turn right onto South Kihei Rd. and go 2 blocks looking for a side street on the ocean side of the road (Kaiau Pl). Turn left and then parking is immediately on you right. Beach is at end of this little street. Look for the pathway on your left if facing the ocean. The shadiest, most wind-protected area is immediately below you.
2200 South Kihei Road
Kihei, HI 96753