Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This sweet swim-and-sun beach isn't quite the locals' hideaway it once was, since mega beach villas have been built in the kiawe forest along Makena Road—between the resortville beaches of Wailea and the popular Makena State Park, aka, Big Beach. But Po'olenalena is still pretty much off the tourist radar and remains a place to see how locals enjoy the surf and sand, especially on weekends.
A new paved and gated parking lot makes it easier to find but the real score is Little Po'olenalena Beach, which lies just to the north of the larger beach, reachable via a short trail over a low lava reef. Not far down the road is Makena Landing, with its historic church nearby. Check it out on page 37 of Maui Trailblazer.