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Hookipa Beach free

Hana Highway, Mile 9 | Paia, Maui, HI | Official website
Hookipa Beach Photo info
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  • Type: Beaches, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
About these ratings

The wintertime waves at Hookipa Beach are so white and frothy that hardcore surfers and windsurfers can't stay away. The water is definitely too rough for swimming, but if you're even remotely curious about surfing, you should pause at Mile 9 along the Road to Hana to take in the action at this stretch coastline near Paia in Upcountry Maui. Even if you're not one for water sports, travelers say that the photo opportunities alone are worth stopping for. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The view of breaking waves is spectacular! One could sit for hours watching this natural show."

There aren't many changing rooms around Hookipa, and there are no restaurants to speak of. But there are a few lookout points and picnic benches set up, so pack a snack to enjoy with the scenery. (Some recent visitors mention that a few snack stands also set up shop here.) Surfers typically hit the waves in the morning, while the windsurfers take to the water in the afternoon.

To learn more about Hookipa Beach, visit the County of Maui's website.

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