It's always a beautiful day at this South Maui beach. It could be cloudy to the south in Makena and rainy to the east up the slope of Haleakala, but somehow Charley Young Beach, located at the northern tip of Kama'ole I Beach, stays mostly sunny and sheltered from the showers, wind, and grey clouds to offer a top-notch beach experience.
This wide stretch of smooth yellow sand provides an optimal space for sunbathing, relaxing, playing paddleball, or taking a walk or run. Charley Young sees plenty of activity, and sometimes friendly and boisterous Kihei residents will assemble volleyball nets and invite passersby to join in on a game.
The gently sloped, sandy ocean floor and the relatively calm water make Charley Young ideal for children, or keikis, and mellow bodysurfing and boogie boarding. During whale season, you'll likely spot mama and baby whales breeching and slapping their fins and tails off shore. You'll also hear their high-pitched singing when you dive underwater.
Catch sunset here and you'll likely be dazzled. On a perfect day, the giant glowing orb melts into the ocean between Kaho'olawe and Molokini to the left and Lana'i and the West Maui Mountains to the right, illuminating the puffy clouds and sky above with pinks, purples, oranges, and yellows. Watch for the green flash which is said to appear when the last bit of sun sinks below an unobstructed horizon.
This certainly isn't one of the more remote beaches on Maui. Nearby gas stations and grocery stores, shave ice and surf rental shacks, shops, bars, and restaurants – all within walking or bicycling distance – contribute to the allure of this conveniently located beach oasis.
Be sure to pack your umbrella and SPF 50 sunscreen, as there are few trees and very little shade. If you're not porta-potty friendly, walk down to the southern tip of Kama'ole I for public restrooms and showers.
- Kamaole 1 Beach in Kihei, Maui, HI