Sunday, May 20, 2012
Beachcombers can head about a mile along undeveloped coast to Lower Paia Beach Park, passing wild Montana (a.k.a. State of Mind) Beach along the way, frequented only by fishermen on a rocky bulwark and the occasional European-style sundbather tucked away on the sand. Going the other way on the sand is a shorter stroll to Baby Baldwin Beach, which can be reached directly via another access point. A near-shore curving reef there creates a long, shallow swimming oval that is perfectly safe, 24/7. Mommies with kids and everyone elese looking to swim with the fishes can drop their towels on the uplsope of sand. Ironwood trees provide an option in the shade. Trekkers can continue all the way from Baby Beach to Kahaha Beach Park, which is a haven for windsurfers and kite-boarders. Maui Trailblazer (a new fourth edition came out in May) has more details on this sweet spot.