D. T. Fleming on Maui’s West Side

D. T. Fleming on Maui’s West Side

Photo Courtesy of Kasuga Huang on Wikimedia Commons

D.T. Fleming beach sits in Honokahua Bay at the far edge of the developed coastline on the West side of Maui. Geographically, it’s the first beach as the coast turns toward the Northern exposure. Because of this location, it is more prone to waves and wind than the neighboring Kapalua Bay, which is just around the corner to the South. This beautiful white sand beach is a favorite of visitors and locals alike. With ample amenities and easy access, you can set up camp for the day and be entertained until the grand finale; sunset.

Watersports: Exposed to to ocean swells from the North and West, along with the tradewinds, this beach is a great spot for catching waves. From September to March, surfers and boogie boarders will enjoy the near constant influx of waves. As with many other spots on Maui, it’s important to watch the ocean for at least 20 minutes before going in. Also, be sure to check in with the lifeguards on duty to understand about current ocean conditions. In late Spring and Summer, you can enjoy snorkeling along the reef in the crystal clear waters.

Shade: The beach is fringed with ironwood trees, which offer lots of shade. Just be on the lookout for the small pinecone-esque seeds that scatter the ground. If you step wrong on them, they can hurt. There are showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills available to use.

Food: Check out the Burger Shack, which is located on the beach and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all kinds of tasty goodies to wash down the salt water. It’s part of the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, which is just above the beach. If you’d rather pack up your cooler with snacks, stop in at Honolua Store on your way to the beach for coffee, sandwiches and all the other fixings for a day at the beach.

Parking/Hours: There are two large parking lots which allows lots of access to this beautiful beach. 

What’s in a name: Known as Honokahua Beach, this stretch of sand and park was given the name D.T. Fleming beach to honor David Thomas Fleming, who was credited with introducing pineapple to West Maui in the early 1900s.

Historical Opportunity: This beach has hosts community events with Kahakukahi Ocean Academy, teaching Maui youth about stewardship through sport, ocean safety, mentorship, and cultural practices. If you’re there on one of the community days, feel free to jump in and help with the beach cleanup.

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