Baldwin Beach Park
Baldwin Beach Park is one of Maui’s most beautiful white sand beaches and offers full facilities. It is just outside of Paia town as you’re traveling from Kahului. Most weekdays it is uncrowded. On weekends it is a popular spot with the local residents. Great beach for swimming.
Shoreline fishing is common early in the morning at Baldwin. Life guards are on duty daily. During the summer months we see a lot of erosion at Baldwin Beach, but as winter approaches the sand returns and the beach fills in again. During the summer 2006, the erosion uprooted trees which had to be removed.
Photo by Daniel Sullivan
Just past Baldwin Beach is Paia Bay (called Baby Beach by many of the locals), is right at the edge of town right before you enter Paia. There’s usually not too many people there except when the waves are up and the boogie boards and body boards are out. Good beach for swimming, this is a sandy beach. There are no lifeguards at Paia Bay.
Ho’okipa Beach Park
Only minutes away further down the Hana Highway is Hookipa Beach Park, called the windsurfing capital of the world. This is Paia’s most publicized beach. Year round you can watch surfers at Hookipa while winter months bring the wind and big waves to the North Shore and the windsurfers and kite surfers come out.
It’s quite common to see wave jumping and flips at this time of the year. Several professional competitions are held each year at Hookipa which attracts competitors from all over the world. And a good many of the pros live in Maui and use Hookipa as their training grounds. Early in the morning it’s quite common to see folks fishing from the shoreline at Hookipa.
Hookipa is a sandy beach with a rocky shoreline. Currents, waves and winds can be strong at Hookipa and visitors are cautioned that this is not a beach where warning signs should be ignored. If you plan on surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing, this definitely is not the place for you unless you are an extremely experienced waterman. This really isn’t a good swim beach. Life guards are on duty daily.
Photo by Ian Strickland