Kama’ole Beach Park III is one of three beaches named Kama’ole (called Kam 3 to make it easy) in Kihei, a town on the dry western side of Maui, population a little over 20,000. Because all three beaches are right in town, they are very popular with the many tourists and snowbirds who stay in the condos and homes in Kihei, where they can walk to the beach.
This is my kids favorite beach, and given a choice, always want to come here. The beach is not that wide, but the sand is very soft, and it gently slopes into the ocean making it a great place for swimming and boogie boarding. Because its on the leeward side of the island, there is less wind and smaller waves. Also a great beach for watching sunsets and whales in season. If you like to snorkel, there is great snorkeling around the protruding rocks that bracket the beach on both ends. There is a bit of a hill to go down to get to the sand, but there are many wooden stairs and ramps to use to make it easy.
A nice feature of this beach is a fairly nice sized parking lot, which Kam 1 and Kam 2 do not have. There is also a lifeguard station, playground equipment, outdoor showers, picnic tables, large park, and restroom facilities. I will mention it more than once, but don’t expect much when you come to the public beaches as far as the restrooms are concerned. They are very basic, and show the signs of lots of use. Not anything like you get at the big “Westworld” resorts, but then again, they are free to use for everyone.
On weekends, it gets hard to park because there are always private parties going on in the large park, many times with inflatable rides, slip and slides, and food. There is street parking on the south side of the lot if that is the case. The beach is usually busy too, being the most popular of the three Kam beaches. Its a great, laid back place for the kids (and you) to have fun in the water. Also, being right in town, its and easy drive to get lunch or shop at the many places available not to far away.