Kanaha Beach

If this is your very first kiting lesson, or if you just want to make sure you'll have the best conditions in Hawaii, the chances are your lesson will be taught here in Kahului, Maui at world renown Kanaha Beach also known as Kite Beach.

What makes Kanaha Beach (Kite Beach) world renown for kiting?

* The water is roughly 4-8 feet deep within the first 300 yards out to sea
* Steady North Easterly trades (15-25mph) - Side shore / side on-shore winds
* Water temperature around 77-80 degrees year round
* Sandy beaches - Green Sea Turtles are common residents and the occasional endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal venture to our beach
* Friendly and helpful Kiting.com staff
* Plenty of places to set up and take down your kiting equipment
* Access to public showers and restrooms
* Minimal amount of people on the beach
* No private jet ski's, boats or any motorized pwc are allowed in the water (excludes lifeguards)
* A great place to take the family to watch kiters, lounge on the beach, or swim in our sectioned off swim zone
* There is an outer reef that prevents large swell from entering Kanaha Beach which makes flat water conditions year round
* Excellent starting place for our 1 mile downwinder
* Kanaha Lifeguards are situated just 100 yards upwind from where we teach


Kanaha Beach is about two miles long, and the majority of it is located within Maui County's Kanaha Beach Park. There are several beach areas in the park that have different designated uses. It is important to respect other beach users and other water enthusiasts. Try to learn the different uses of each of the areas and you will avoid any problems with other users. This beach is shared by different groups within the community, all of which have the rights to use these areas; however some restrictions do apply to specific activities as defined by County and State and Federal law. The general layout of the water areas are illustrated by the diagram below. Please note that there is no windsurfing or kiteboarding allowed before 11am.

Kanaha Beach is known as Old Man's (Young Man's), Canoe Hale, and Kite Beach. Located just a few minutes from the Kahului Airport. Kanaha beach offers a variety of conditions to suit different riders abilities and levels (beginner thru advanced).

The beach is large enough to safely launch and land kites without worrying about putting a kite in a tree. Our side-onshore winds are ideal for all riders, and you can safely get back to shore without worrying about drifting out to sea. If you enjoy wave riding, you can kite beyond our outer reef which will put you in wave territory. Wave heights vary based on the time of the year. Summer has relatively little to no waves, but our winter months bring waves higher than two story buildings. It is only recommended to ride waves if you are an intermediate to advanced kiter. The wind at Kanaha Beach blows all year round, but the steadiest and strongest winds blow during the summer months. In the winter, winds can be less predictable due to increased moisture and cooler conditions. Larger kites are often used during this time of the year.

Kanaha Beach, Maui has more windy days than any other kiting destination in the world. The wind flows between the West Maui's and Halaeakala which creates a venturi effect. This venturi effect increases the strength of the wind, and it also makes the wind blow in a more desired direction for kiting.

Maui Kite Beach Rules and Regulations
1. All kitesurfing participants must be responsible for seeing and avoiding aircraft.
2. No kiteboarding in the 2 nautical mile long by one nautical mile wide corridor. The corridor’s length starts at the end of the OGG airport runway. Please refer to the Map.
3. All kiteboarders shall be responsible for seeing and avoiding non-participants
4. The rope or attaching cables must not exceed 125 feet in length and no kite shall be operated more than 125 feet above sea level.
5. Kiteboarding is allowed every day of the week from 11:00am until sunset.

Kanaha Beach is the upwind end of where kiting is designated before the No-Kiteboarding-Zone begins. Beyond this area will put you in air traffic patterns for the Kahului Airport. The beach downwind of Kanaha Beach is Naish Beach located roughly around Ka'a Point.

All of Kiting.com lessons are instructed from Kanaha Beach, and we will kite down to Naish Beach during your beginner lesson. If you're on the beach, Kanaha Beach is the area closest to the old Girl Scout pavilion structure or around 100 yards downwind of the lifeguard tower. Launching and landing is done below the campground area. A designated swim zone is sectioned off with buoys in front of the lifeguard tower, and please note that you cannot kite or windsurf within these marked off areas.