When we’re not busy touring Maui’s top craft makers, we love to spend a sunny afternoon or pre-sunset happy hour on the shores of some of our favorite local beaches or in the grassy comfort of a nearby park.
While there’s typically a scenic picnic spot every few feet on Maui, this month we are giving you our insider tips for where to host your next romantic picnic outing with a loved one or friendly potluck picnic with friends. Enjoy, and don’t forget to take all of your trash with you when you’re pau (aka finished)!
Where to Have a Picnic on Maui
Kama’ole Beach Park III – Kihei
Known locally as ‘Kam 3,’ this cozy and popular south Maui beach is one of the most relaxing places to post up with your picnic items, sit back and watch the sunset, whales (from December to May) and people. While the beach itself is rather tiny, the park area offers an excellent vantage point – and more importantly, no chance of sand getting in your food and beverages – for the ultimate Kihei picnic experience.
Public restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic tables and lot/street parking also make it especially convenient, which is why it’s always at the top of our list.
What to Bring: While the consumption of alcohol is illegal on any Maui public park or beach, you certainly wouldn’t be the first to try it. Keep it discreet with a pack of Maui Brewing Co.’s Pau Hana Pilsner, and remember, Maui has Uber.
Launiupoko Beach Park – Lahaina
Grab your longboard, your best picnic blanket and plenty of sunscreen and head out to this west Maui picnic gem, located conveniently between Olowalu and Lahaina just off of Honoapiilani Highway. While it may not have the most stellar swimming conditions and almost always draws a crowd, especially on weekends, we can’t help but love Launiupoko for its amazing views, laid back vibe and abundant opportunities to meet and talk story with locals and tourists alike.
Head there early to snag a picnic table or barbecue grill, or claim a comfortable spot in the grass for a Maui picnic you won’t soon forget.
Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens – Wailuku
A central Maui local favorite, Kepaniwai Park is the ultimate place for a well-deserved picnic after visiting Iao Valley State Park just down the road. Known for its trails, natural stream, cultural buildings and scenic gardens, there are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic while admiring the lush greenery under the comfort of a pavilion.
Grab all your picnic supplies nearby in historic Wailuku Town, and learn more about Maui’s various cultural influences and natural landscapes while munching on ono grinds in peace.
What to Bring: Coffee and homemade treats from nearby Mill House Roasting Co. make for delicious picnic goodies any time of day.
Harold W. Rice Memorial Park – Kula
An often overlooked area of Maui, the rolling hills of Upcountry are undoubtedly worth a visit in their own right. Grab a light sweater and head up the slopes of Haleakala to enjoy a panoramic picnic with views of Maui’s shoreline, neighbor islands and the West Maui Mountains at the locally-loved Harold Rice Park.
Free parking, toilet facilities, picnic tables and drinking water are all available, and the sunset views from the 2,828 foot vantage point are especially memorable.
What to Bring: Stock up on fresh bread, locally-grown veggies, fruits and plenty of Maui-made food items across the street at Kula Country Farms. This place is picnic heaven!
Kahakuloa Bay – West Maui Loop
Perhaps not for the faint of heart or those who aren’t confident drivers, the West Maui Loop makes for an equally scenic – and much shorter – alternative to the Road to Hana. After passing the snorkeling and surfing hotspot of Honolua Bay, as well as Nakalele Blowhole and the Olivine Pools, stop for a picnic at Kahakuloa Bay to see the real side of what life is like on Maui.
While there are a couple of banana bread and local food pitstops along the way, we recommend Lorraine’s Shave Ice for the ultimate picnic locale.
What to Bring: Grab a slice of Lorraine’s homemade pie and a seat at her backyard picnic table, and experience a true island-style meal in this lesser-visited Maui town.
Mahalo for reading our guide to the top 5 picnic spots on Maui, and be sure to let us know if you find a spot we should add to the list. Until next time, travelers…