Polanui Beach, Lahaina, HI, USA
5 minute walk from The Kulani
Polanui beach has a designated zone for paddle boarding, surfing, canoe and swimming. Use the sand channel between the two orange buoys for entrance and exit.
The buoys are maintained by 'Ekou Lindsay, who also hosts outrigger canoe and cultural tours and works to restore natural resources and Hawaiian traditions once practiced in this area:
We're lucky to have such a special, local beach just a few minutes away. Sunsets are especially picturesque, since we face west and look directly at our neighboring island of Lanai.
Breakwall, Lahaina HI 96761
Lahaina Harbor / Breakwall
5-10 minute walk north on the beach or Front Street from The Kulani Maui
The nearshore water has an area clear of coral that is good for swimming.
The shallow reef break, Breakwall, is a favorite surf spot where multiple shops give surf lessons.
The Harbor is the main point of departure for whale watching, scuba, snorkeling, fishing and other boat charters in Lahaina.
Baby Beach, Puunoa Place, Lahaina, HI, USA
Pu'unoa / Baby Beach
20-30 minute walk north on Front Street from The Kulani (or a 10 minute bike ride or 5 minute car ride)
A small, handpainted sign marks beach access. Its shallow and gentle waters make for a wonderful spot to soak and enjoy the views of historic Lahaina town and the Lahainaluna "L" on the mountain.
441 Ilikahi Street, Lahaina, HI, USA
Practice Coral Reef Safety: Our Ocean-Friendly Guide
"e ola ke kai, e ola kakou" -- as the ocean thrives, so do we, Hawaiian proverb
The Kulani Maui is lucky to reside within walking distance of Lahaina's ocean front, including access to sandy beaches and the reef known as Na Papalimu O Pi'ilani.
Due to the fragile nature of corals and the important role they play in Hawaii, please practice extreme caution and care not to disturb this underwater habitat.
When swimming, snorkeling, standup paddle boarding, kayaking or surfing, here are a few helpful tips to ensure Maui's coral reefs remain safe and healthy during your stay and for years to come:
CORAL REEF CARE
Enter and exit the water using sand channels so the reef is not damaged by gear.
Never stand on, touch or strike the coral. Coral reefs are fragile, can easily break, and grow very slowly (some less than an inch a year.) We must be very gentle when exploring coral reefs.
Use "reef safe" mineral-based sunscreen made with non-nanotized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Two non-reef-safe ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are banned in Maui County (effective 2021) due to the harmful toxicity to marine life.
Swim slowly, relax and always keep a safe distance away from marine life, especially endangered sea turtles and monk seals that are federally protected.
Pack out more trash than you pack in. Throw away your trash, and if able, please pick up rubbish on the beach that would otherwise harm sea life.
MauiReefs.org, for local initiatives to protect Maui's nearshore waters
PrideOfMaui.com/coral-reef for 10 ways you can help Hawaii's reefs
ReefResilience.org for information on restoring and conserving coral reefs around the world
Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are unique and variable, so before you play in the ocean, take time to learn about the area. Here are some resources:
HawaiiBeachSafety.com, which monitors surf, wind and public safety official reports that directly affect the conditions for beach safety.
EHA-CLOUD.DOH.HAWAII.GOV/CWB/#1/LANDING, which features water-quality advisories and updates.
Read signs, talk with residents and water-sport retailers, and make yourself beach savvy.