Ho’okipa Beach Park
Only minutes away further down the Hana Highway is Hookipa Beach Park, called the windsurfing capital of the world. This is Paia’s most publicized beach. Year round you can watch surfers at Hookipa while winter months bring the wind and big waves to the North Shore and the windsurfers and kite surfers come out.
It’s quite common to see wave jumping and flips at this time of the year. Several professional competitions are held each year at Hookipa which attracts competitors from all over the world. And a good many of the pros live in Maui and use Hookipa as their training grounds. Early in the morning it’s quite common to see folks fishing from the shoreline at Hookipa.
Hookipa is a sandy beach with a rocky shoreline. Currents, waves and winds can be strong at Hookipa and visitors are cautioned that this is not a beach where warning signs should be ignored. If you plan on surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing, this definitely is not the place for you unless you are an extremely experienced waterman. This really isn’t a good swim beach. Life guards are on duty daily.