Kanaha is a long stretch of beach that is home to the Maui Kite Schools. The Maui locals separate this one stretch of beach into different sections: School Beach, Ka’a Point (Pro Beach), Naish Beach, and Old Mans Beach.
BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE
- BIG AIR
Kite Beach, Pro Beach, Pro Pool, Naish Beach, Old man’s, Teach Beach, Action Beach
Intermediate, you will want to know how to self launch and land. When winds are ENE this spot may not have wind.
NE winds are the best.
LOCATION / DIRECTIONS
Far west end of Kanaha Beach Park (North Shore) in Kahului. Take Rd. east past the waste water treatment plant. Turn left immediately after crossing over a drainage channel.
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Entry is poorly maintained and can be difficult to navigate in a vehicle with low clearance. During winter the approach to the main parking lot can be filled with water (much like Naish beach) and may be hazardous for a lowclearance vehicle. If you can get to the parking lot it is quite nice because you are parked very close to the ocean and rigging area.
The rigging and “hangingout” area is sheltered from wind (unless wind is N or less than 40 degrees). There is a protected “pond” area where kids can swim without threat of waves. These features and the close parking, make it popular for families with kids. Of all the Kanaha kiteboarding sites this is the most poplular with fisherman. During spring and early summer there can be a crowd of fisherman fishing for Oama in the pond. It’s not uncommon to find the beach lined with poles in the launch area also. There are a few good Ironwood shade trees still standing although recent erosion has led to significant shade reduction.
It is a great place to watchup closeexpert kiters laying down their moves.
LAUNCHING YOUR KITE
It is a beautiful launch area but there is only one place to launch so keep this area clear of gear. Launching is easy if the wind is NE (less than 5055 degrees) but can be tricky if ENE. At this wind angle the launch site is protected by trees on the upwind point. If this is the case you should consider drift launching. It is a nice drift launch. Alternatively (for more advanced) launch a little hot and bring the kite up high to get into cleaner wind and quickly make your way to the water.
On the water
This is one of the most well known kiteboarding beaches in the world and it is popular with nonkiteboarders as well. This popularity amongst diverse user groups demands that you be sensitive to the situation on the ground and in the water and be ready to adapt. Be courteous, respectful and keep the peace.
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