Ho'okipa Beach Park
Mile #9, Hana
Phone: (808) 572-8122
Park is one of the top spots for ocean sports and recreation in
Located at Mile #9 on Hana Highway (36), this breath-taking
white sand beach boasts some of the best waves on the Maui
A mecca for surfers of all ages since the 1930's and
the "home of contemporary surfing."
Ho'okipa Beach is
among Maui's most popular sites for events large and small.
The Aloha Classic and Red Bull surfing competitions have come
to Ho'okipa and the Maui Sports Foundation sponsors a number of
events each year.
sq. miles White sand, coconut trees, excellent waves.
Year-round with 10'-15' swells in winter months.
Aloha Classic, Red Bull surfing competitions and the Maui
Sports Foundation: 4-6 events yearly.
Favorable offshore breezes, great waves and weather.
Three Pavilions - barbeque grills and permanent tables in each
Restrooms: Restroom pavilion adjacent picnic pavilions.
Outdoor Showers and fresh water also available from taps and
Accessibility: Partial Accessibility - Restroom pavilion and
110/220 Hookup: Power available inside picnic pavilions.
the most famous windsurfing site in the world, Ho'okipa Beach
Park is located on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii.
The waves here are largest during the winter, and break
across a system of reefs that extend across the bay. During the
summer the waves are smaller. Ho'okipa is ideal for windsurfing
because of its large well-shaped waves and strong winds.
The name Ho'okipa means "hospitality" in
ever-present strong winds and powerful currents do not make the
beach a place for beginners, experienced surfers and windsurfers
continually flock to Ho'okipa for both recreation and windsurfing
are four distinct breaks at Ho'okipa.
Pavillions is the break furthest east, off the lookout
parking. West from it, facing the main parking, is Middles break.
Usually these are both left to surfers.
The area between the two, which catches fewer breaking sets,
is sometimes referred to as Girlie Bowl.
Next further west, facing the lifeguard tower and the narrow
sand beach launch, is H'Poko. It is the most popular break for windsurfing, and generally
breaks as a right. With
the prevailing trade wind direction being east to east-north-east,
this is most frequently down-the-line sailing on port tack.
Yet further west, past the rocky point, is Lanes, which
generally breaks as a left. Under
relatively rare conditions, known as Kona, the prevailing winds
become southwest, and Lanes is ridden down-the-line on starboard
tack. This only occurs
on a few days out of every year.
hit the waves during high surf at Ho'okipa, in April.
the years Ho'okipa has been the site for many organized windsurfing
competitions in the Wave discipline. A long-running annual event is
the Aloha Classic, a Pro-Am competition with age categories for
many locations on the Maui and Oahu North Shore, Ho'okipa Beach is
occasionally a tourist attraction in the winter time because of
spectacularly large surf.