Current conditions at Kamaole 3

Beach & Nearshore

Caution

Approach the water with caution. Be aware that ocean conditions can change. This is the safest level of nearshore conditions.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

Caution

Be cautious and maintain alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind, wave, and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Friday, June 23, 2017 - 3:30am

Weather

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75°F
Partly Cloudy
Winds Calm

Surf

SURF ALONG SOUTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THROUGH TUESDAY.

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Beach ID: 211

Getting There

Kamaole 3 is located on the Maui Kihei Shore.

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Background

The north point of Kamaʻole III Beach Park was once known as Kalaehuku, and this name included the sand beach as well. The rocky south half of the park's shoreline was called Anaʻiao, for an inlet where large schools of ʻiao, a popular bait fish, congregated. The beach at Kama’ole I11 is a short but wide pocket of white sand bordered by rocky points. Large rocks are also exposed in several places along the beach at the water's edge. The sandy offshore bottom slopes quickly to overhead depths-a danger to little or nonswimming children. The waves in the shorebreak attract bodysurfers. The ocean is safe for swimming except during heavy surf or kana storms. During these times strong rip currents and a powerful shorebreak make swimming very dangerous. Although Kamaʻole III has the smallest beach of the three Kama’ole parks, it seems to be the most popular.

This popularity is probably due to certain specific features of the park itself: it is the longest and the widest of the three, it is the only one that has playground apparatus for children and it has the most parking. Other facilities include restroom, showers, picnic tables, and barbecue grills. The south half of the park is underdeveloped and covered with kiawe.

This description is from John R. K. Clark’s book - Beaches of Oahu (Revised Edition) published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing his beach descriptions for use on this site.
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