Kooks Beach

4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 574 Stable Rd, Paia, HI 96779
Great hidden beach with crystal clear, blue waters.

• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Protected From Open Ocean
• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Poor / Few

Full Description
Kooks Beach is a pretty great and well hidden beach area and it's easier to find that you might think. It's located on the north side of Maui in the Paia area. From the Hana Highway (near Kahului Airport), head north onto Spreckelsville Road which will immediately turn into Stable Road.

Drive down about 3/4 of a mile and look for a right hand turn with a yellow gate on either side of it. That will lead you right to the beach and a small parking lot (that's likely not full).

The water here is very clear and just an excellent shade of blue. Much of the area is protected by an offshore reef so the water by the shore tends to be pretty calm (assuming the ocean is calm).

Not many people seem to come back here and that's too bad because it's just really nice, secluded, and has beautiful views. There are no facilities here and no amenities but it's just so neat back here that none of that matters.

On one visit here we met a local gentleman named Michael who came to do some spearfishing. He was trying to talk me into joining him and was eager to show me how to do it. Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to spare but we had a great chat with him for a while. It just goes to show that locals often love to talk story about their island and share their history, tell stories of the old days, and even educate you in the process.

Next time you see an old timer at the beach go and chat them up. And I use the term old timer in a positive and respectful way because Michael might have technically been a senior citizen but he could out swim, out run, and out do most people less than half his age (easily myself included).

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
One of my favorite places on Maui. Feels remote yet it's easy to get to. Often not heavily used. Wish it had some facilities, but if it did that would only make it more popular.
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 67
Likes Received: 2
Beautiful beach. Just like most on Maui.
Aquarius W
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
My family and I had an tremendous time here, regarding the surfing and such, yet even though with the many people you still feel at ease and comfortable! Having been here has left a memory I'll never be able to forget.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Kooks is my favorite beach in the Paia area. It's down a dusty bumpy road - feels secluded. Saw only one person on last trip - an experience waterman who spearfishes to feed the family. I love reefs, and there's a shallow one here to explore. Bring reef shoes if you've got them. There is a sandy beach area that bends, and Ironwood trees to shelter in.

Unlike Baldwin Beach Park, this is an area to enjoy a quiet space on Maui sheltered from highway noise and picnicking families. Bring a towel, a snorkel, a snack and a book.

Kooks beach is a nice spot to enjoy a couple hours of Maui before heading to Paia for lunch. Go early - you'll have the area to yourselves.
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