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Hawaii Maui aerial Makena Beach copyright discoveringhawaii.com
 

For fun in the Maui sun, you can’t beat clothing-optional Little Makena Beach, on Maui’s sunniest, driest stretch of awesome coastline. With azure waters, colorful snorkeling at the rocky points, some excellent bodysurfing waves, fine naked bodies, and plenty of like-minded company, you may never want to leave. Weekends are crowded, but often during the week nobody is here.


A mile or so south of the Makena Prince Hotel, parking at Makena Beach’s lots fills up early, but even so, circle a few times, as many people just drop by for a quick look and leave.  A lunch wagon or two will be in the area if you’d like to purchase food or drink. See our Maui guidebook for more photos and detailed Maui maps and clear directions.


IF YOUR PRIMARY DESTINATION IS MAUI, THEN MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO FLY DIRECT TO MAUI FROM THE MAINLAND.

FLYING THROUGH HONOLULU WILL ADD 3 TRAVEL HOURS OR MORE, A WASTE OF PERFECTLY GOOD VACATION TIME.



Big Makena Beach (seen on the right in the aerial photo) is a world- class watery playground, but to reach Little Makena (seen on the left), you have to take the trail over the rocky point at the north end. On the other side, just a 2 minute journey, you’ll discover hidden Little Makena, a crowded compact paradise of freedom. The gay area of the beach is at the farthest end.


Although nudity is officially illegal —in direct opposition to Hawaiian culture— but the cops only bother those who venture into the brush in search of an adventure.


Makena Alanui (Road) TRAVELS SOUTH FROM THE WAILEA RESORT and skirts past distinctive Pu`u `Ola`i Crater and an unmarked and very rough and deeply rutted dirt spur road through the trees to Oneuli Beach, an unremarkable dark sand beach with no facilities. Beyond, a surprise to those who have not visited this area in a few years, is a large paved parking lot at the northern end of Big Beach. There is foot trail access to CLOTHING OPTIONAL Little Beach from here.


Little Beach is also one of the best beach-access scuba diving spots on Maui (depth: 45'/14m). Enter the water near the right/far end of the beach and swim out. Currents are not usually a problem unless, of course, seas are stormy. The underwater topography is varied and rewarding. Pick up a free --and excellent-- guide to snorkeling and scuba areas on Maui at any Maui Dive Shops location.


Big Beach, officially called Oneloa Beach, is one of Hawaii's most fabulous strands. Even at two thirds of a mile long and 100 feet wide, with transparent waters, the place is surprisingly popular, considering how out of the way it is.


There are two more parking areas for Big Beach beyond the first one. The third parking area may not be open. We have found this unpaved lot sometimes open and sometimes closed. This part (the southern end) of Big Beach draws surfers and body boarders, making for an interesting crowd and some fancy board work in the surf. Big Beach is justifiably famous and well worth a visit.


An interesting cloud condition often develops overhead at Big Beach, sometimes lasting from late morning until mid afternoon, which shades only part of Makena from the sun while everywhere else along this coast the sunshine brightly blazes down. It can be frustrating for those who want to just lie in the sun and get a tan at Big Beach, since the cloud can stubbornly just sit there for hours, blocking the sun's rays in an otherwise totally blue sky.

 

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Driving & Discovering Maui & Molokai is our best selling Maui guidebook that explores every corner of both islands, with gorgeous eye-popping photos of every wondrous beach, as well as both islands’ Best Hiking Trails and Best Waterfalls —with maps and directions on how to reach them. The Maui Film Office uses our own Maui guide book to promote Maui and Molokai as TV and Film Production destinations. Take a tour of the book by clicking here.


Money talks, so throw yours at those who support the gay community, and keep your wallet closed to those that do not.


Here are some of the Maui Traveler’s most loyal supporters of the LGBT community:


Outrigger Hotels

There are 5 Outrigger Hotels on Maui.


Four Seasons Resort / Wailea


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Maui Sunseeker

551 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui 96753
Tel. (808) 879-1261, Toll Free (800) 532-MAUI (6284)

The management and staff have made the Maui Sunseeker a friendly and welcoming place  while exploring the wonders that the island of Maui offers.

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1279 South Kihei Road Azeka's II Shopping Center - Kihei, HI

Sunday Brunch 10 am - noon.

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RED SAND BEACH

Red Sand Beach’s isolation and beauty make it an ideal nude beach. Nudity is officially illegal at Hawaii's beaches, which flies right in the face of Hawaiian culture, but bohemians, rich and poor (like late Beatle George Harrison and our buddies Jim Nabors and Richard Chamberlain), who are are drawn to the Hana region have kept the tradition alive. Hana is about as far as you can get from the real world, and it’s WELL worth staying a night or two in a gay friendly B&B, or at the posh and beautiful Hotel Hana Maui. The region is rich with waterfalls, freshwater pools, gorgeous flowers, stunning views and great hikes. In other words, the real Hawaii...most of Hana's residents are of pure Hawaiian ancestry.


In heavenly Hana, Maui's wonderful Hawaiian hamlet on the isolated east shore, you'll find a beautiful view of the coast, Alau Island, and the Hotel Hana Maui Plantation Cottages from the distinctive local landmark, Ka`uiki Head.


See our Maui guidebook, Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai for a detailed map. Between the Community Center on Ua Kea Rd., right before the entrance to the Hotel Hana Maui Plantation Cottages, walk along the fence toward the water, where a trail that follows the shore to the left will become obvious.

Kaihalulu, popularly known as Red Sand Beach, attracts nude sunbathers, due to its extreme isolation, and snorkelers, because of the clarity of the water. The contrast of the brilliant turquoise and aquamarine colored seas, set against shimmering bright red sands, is very unique and quite beautiful.


The beach itself is protected somewhat from the wild open ocean by an offshore reef that forms a natural sea wall and shields the bay from incoming waves.

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Hawaii Maui Makena beach path to Little beach copyright discoveringhawaii.com
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When you reach the beach after walking a short distance from the first parking lot, look to the right, and the ridge you need to climb over lies at the end of the sand.

This is what the pathway upward looks like from the bottom.

From the top of the ridge, the path descends to Little Beach.