Ukumehame Beach Park

Oct 1, 2021 | General Information

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Ukumehame Beach Park is located near the 12 mile marker along the Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy 30) in West Maui just a couple of miles north of the tunnel which separates the west side from Maalaea Harbor and the central valley. Ukumehame takes its name from the huge valley which can be seen directly behind it which carves a spectacular “V” in the West Maui Mountains. These dangerous valley ridges eventually lead to the pass that that was taken by King Kamehmeha’s army of Spartan like warriors who successfully attacked Maui’s warriors from behind in the decisive battle of the Iao Valley.

Ukumehame Beach Park is primarily a beach that is used for surf outings or kayak launches as the sand beach itself is fairly small and the ocean is relatively shallow and filled with coral which eliminates it as a good beach for a lengthy swim but does put it in a good category for a snorkel if the waves aren’t two large. Surfers love this spot however and it is usually a good place to learn the sport. The surf breaks are numerous along the ocean here and this area is often referred to as “thousand peaks” because of all the wave activity.

The best time to enjoy Ukumehame Beach is generally in the morning hours before the wind wraps around from the north and Ukumehame also has a tendency to get a severe blow directly from the valley behind as it funnels the winds down from the West Maui Mountains. Often the wind is so severe here that people overturning their kayaks are unable to easily right them again and items and equipment lost on the ocean or from the shoreline will blow away “end over end” as they are whipped out to sea.

Amenities at Ukumehame Beach include paved parking with additional parking on the highway behind, picnic tables, barbecue stations, and a couple portable toilets.

Ocean Caution
Please be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be potentially dangerous including this location of Ukumehame. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering the water and of course, never turn your back on the ocean when you are on the shoreline. It should also be noted that all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including Ukumehame, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.