Makena State Park RV & Campground Guide


Hawaii’s Makena State Park is located near Makena in Maui. The two sandy beaches make the perfect place to relax for those looking for a day of water fun. Added together, the beaches are over 3 miles long, so everyone can find a place on them that perfectly meets their needs. In between the two beaches is a 360-foot dormant cinder cone volcano. Makena State Park is located 20 miles south of Kahului, 11.4 miles south of Kihei, and about 32 miles southeast of Lahaina. 

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Spring 64-84 F
Summer 68-87 F
Fall 67-86 F
Winter 65-85 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Makena State Park

If you live on Maui, then you will want to pack up your RV before you head to this park on the island’s southwest shoreline. Otherwise, rent an RV on RVshare.com

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Play on the black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa State Park and hike through the native hala forest where you can see a cave, heiau, a natural stone arch, sea stacks, and blowholes. You must be in a campervan to camp at this state park. Rates start at about $25 per night.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: No

  • Other features: Hiking trails, sandy beach

Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Rates start at $12 per night at Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area. This spot is located in the fog belt of the Kula Forest Reserve.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: No

  • Other features: Hunting, hiking

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What to Do at
Makena State Park

Inside Makena State Park

You can find many things to do at Makena State Park. You may want to spend the day playing on this park’s two beaches. While there are no lifeguards on duty, many people choose to go swimming in the water, which seldom gets above shoulder-deep near the shore. The clear water in this location makes it a favorite among snorkelers. Fishing is also available. 

Outside Makena State Park

The western side of Maui, where Makena State Park is located, is a fantastic place to explore. You can find many outstanding places to dine and shop. There are other nearby attractions that you will want to visit as well. 


Kō Restaurant

At Kō Restaurant, fresh meat, produce, and seafood are used to prepare delicious creations following recipes from around the world. The recipes are based on those settlers who moved to Maui to work on the sugarcane plantations and brought the recipes with them from China, Portugal, the Philippines, Korea, and Japan. This restaurant is located in the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753

Nick's Fishmarket Maui

Nick’s Fishmarket Maui specializes in using the freshest seafood possible to create their happy hour and evening meals. They offer a special dessert menu as well as a kids’ menu. This restaurant is also located within the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753


At Gannon's, you'll find creations from James Beard-nominated chef Bev Gannon, who loves to make dishes featuring local seafood and beef. You can also select from an extensive wine list at this restaurant.

Type: American

Location: 100 Wailea Golf Club Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753

Makana Market + Cafe

Taste the finest line-caught Maui fish at Makana Market + Cafe. They also sell homemade fudge and have a gift shop. This restaurant is located at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort.

Type: Fish Market

Location: 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753

Mulligan's on the Blue

Mulligan's on the Blue is located on the Wailea Old Blue Golf Course. Select your favorite Irish pub food to go with their selection of 10 draft beers to enjoy while watching sports on their 14 flat-screen televisions.

Type: Irish, Sports Pub

Location: 100 Kaukahi St, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753


Maui Rainbow Tea

Maui Rainbow Tea makes their own prepackaged tea from tropical fruit and peppermint tea leaves. Several different varieties are available.

Location: 207 Napoko Place, Kula, HI 96790

Maui Swap Meet

You can find a wide variety of items at the Maui Swap Meet, which has been held every Sunday morning since 1981.

Location: 310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier

Find store-made tropical truffles, handcrafted chocolates, and other delicious products at Sweet Paradise Chocolatier. You can sample many of them before making your purchase. Candy-making classes are also available at this location.

Location: 34 Wailea Ike Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

808 Wellness: Healing Spa & Yoga Studio

At 808 Wellness: Healing Spa & Yoga Studio, you can pamper yourself. Get a treatment from an acupuncturist, massage therapist, or energy medicine practitioner in one of the four treatment rooms before shopping for essential oils, crystals, and holistic beauty treatments in the boutique.

Location: 2439 S Kihei Rd, St. 206-A, Kihei, HI 96753

B&B Scuba

Select new scuba gear from B&B Scuba or get yours repaired. You can also take scuba lessons or join tours at this location.

Location: 1280 S Kihei Rd, St. 129, Kihei, HI 96753


Wailea Golf Club

Three championship golf courses that have been named some of the best in the United States by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest are found at Wailea Golf Club.

Location: 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, HI 96752

La Perouse Bay

La Perouse Bay is in the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve. The small coves around this bay are great for snorkeling. You will need rugged hiking boots to reach the bay, but it is an excellent place to watch dolphins and other marine life. You may enjoy the short hike over lava rocks. 

Location: Ahihi Makena Alanui Rd, Wailea, HI 96752 (located at the end of the road)

Wailea Tennis Club

Eleven SportsMaster tennis courts are located at Wailea Tennis Club. Seating for up to 1,000 fans is available. With reservations, you can play on the courts during the day.

Location: 131 Wailea Ike Rd, Wailea, HI 96752

Keawakapu Beach

The 0.7-mile Keawakapu Beach has many active tide pools on its northern end. It's also a great place to go snorkeling. Beach gear, stand-up paddleboards, and other items are available to rent, and you can find nearby restaurants and shops.

Location: South Kihei Road, Wailea, HI 96752 (located at the end of the road)

Makena Landing Park

Numerous tour operators offer scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding tours from Makena Landing Park. You will want to see the underwater lava arches and the green sea turtles in the area. The reef located just offshore is full of marine life.

Location: 5083 Makena Rd, Wailea, HI 96752

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How to Get to
Makena State Park

Makena State Park is easy to reach from Wailea, and the drive along the beach is beautiful. Head west on Makena Road and make sure to turn left when the road turns left. Continue on Makena Road and Makena Alanui Drive to reach this park. 

Entering Makena State Park

Makena State Park is open 24/7 year-round. Amenities are limited, so be sure to prepare before visiting the park.

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Makena charges a $5 to $40 parking fee for non-resident vehicles to park in the three parking lots.

Makena State Park is an exciting place to visit. Its location on the southwest side of Maui is near hiking, fishing, beachcombing, and many other activities. If you have visited this state park, share your experiences on social media. Be sure to tag RVshare in your comments. Feel free to discuss your favorite parts and share any tips you have for future visitors. Alternatively, you can share your stories and photos by emailing them to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions About Makena State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Makena State Park?

April, May, and June are the best times to visit Makena State Park. The weather is sensational, and the area is free from resorts and other tourist things making it a terrific draw.

What is the climate of Makena State Park?

The climate of Makena State Park is like most Hawaiian Islands. The temperature is never colder than 65° F, never hotter than 86° F. The weather is dry, raining only about once or twice a month.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Makena State Park?

You can see monk seals and sea turtles at the area's beaches along with mongoose and chameleons along the trails. If you look skyward, you might even see one of only two mammals native to Hawaii: the hoary bat.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Makena State Park?

There are no designated RV campsites at Makena State Park. However, there are some nearby campsites, and you would need to rent a campervan to be able to use them. The sites don't have water, electricity, or sewer hookups.

Are pets allowed at Makena State Park?

Although dogs may be crated, caged, or on a short leash, they are prohibited from entering structures and beaches. It's probably best not to bring your pets to Makena State Park. The nearby campsites aren't pet-friendly either.