Keonenui Beach

Keonenui Beach - Quiet Family Friendly Beach Located in A Cozy Cove
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Keonenui Beach in Maui is a secluded beach and features gorgeous views. It is a great beach for families to hang out together fishing, snorkeling, swimming, or simply relaxing on the shore and reconnecting to nature. It is located behind the popular Kahana Sunset Hotel. Access the beach behind the Kahana Sunset or gain access on lower Honoapiialani Road. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Keonenui Beach is a small, absolutely fascinating crescent-shaped beach that unlike other Maui beaches offers a touch of privacy. You will almost feel like you have to reserve time here, but no worries, it is open to the public for all to enjoy. What makes Keonenui Beach, so special is that it is secluded and almost hidden from the road, perfect for those who aren’t fans of crowds and prefer more privacy. Sometimes you will be the only group on the beach! Talk about a priceless experience.

Keonenui Beach features gorgeous views and is a great place for families to hang out together. Plan to spend the day splashing in the water, fishing, snorkeling along the coast, or simply relaxing and enjoying the spectacular views. Take your boogie board. Thanks to the protective cove, the waves are calm and the warm turquoise waters are gentle enough for spending time in the water! This beach is also an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic on the sandy beach, reconnect with your loved ones and with nature. You couldn’t ask for a better beach for that! 

Do your research before your excursion to Keonenui Beach. It can be a little tricky to find. Look for the Kahana Sunset hotel, and you’re almost there. You see, Keonenui Beach is located right behind this popular hotel that was built in the 1970s. Locals find it curious and almost funny that the Kahana Sunset Hotel claimed this open to all, their own. It might be because this stunning strip of coastline is not really that easy to access. Conveniently, Kahana Sunset has an access path you can easily take without too much difficulty. Another way to get to the beach is on Lower Honoapiilani Road. There is a small green gate in the center of lush tropical foliage. Park your car here because there are no public parking lots nearby. Go through the gate and easily walk to the beach. Keep in mind that at high tide, the ocean water covers the path, and you may have to walk or possibly swim through the water. 

Once you arrive, everything you had to go through to get there is forgotten. This is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. Fall in love with the cove’s crystal clear water, miles of sandy beach, and sunny coastline. The ocean breeze is mesmerizing. You might consider venturing down to Keonenui Bay, a unique inlet on the northwest shore. Everywhere you look is something spectacular. The water is so clear you can view the fabulous fish and other marine life swimming under the water. However, there are times when the visibility might be a little cloudy. Turtles are known to frequently sunbathe right on the beach which is another joyful experience. You might even see a whale in the distance dancing through the water. Now that is a wonderful sight to see.

Insider Tips:
-There are no on-site restroom facilities or restaurants.
-Swimming is not supervised by a lifeguard.