Kihei’s favorite park, oceanside with surfing, swinging, climbling and playing
Location: South Kihei Road
Facilities: parking lot, bathrooms, play structure, swings, shade trees, picnic shelters, basketball court, baseball and soccer fields, beach volleyball; surfboards, paddle boards and kayaks for rent; skate park, roller skating open to the public Friday and Saturday evenings
Best time to go: morning and sunset
What to bring: swimsuit, towel and sunscreen, slippers (flip-flops); money for snacks and drinks at the many shops across the street; bikes, scooters or trikes
Kalama park has so much to offer sometimes we spend the whole day here. The beach, at the south end of the park, is usually best before 10 am when the tradewinds tend to pick up. Very shallow and no shore break so it’s great for little ones; also great for learning to surf but watch out for the coral rubble, rocks and live reef on the bottom. The play structure, in the middle of Kalama park, is great for ages 1 to 10; there are lots of slides and climbing challenges. The Hau trees that surround the playground are a little climbers dream. A wide paved path leads by the beach and loops around the playground and the neighboring skate rink. This flat well maintained path is perfect for learning to ride a bike and also for a brisk walk with a stroller or wheelchair. Rest and snack at the covered picnic tables and benches next to the playground. Don’t forget to visit the giant whale sculpture across from the ball fields.